Questions for discussion

Chapter 1 Building Bridges


Some of these might be more easily considered when you have read the whole book, or at least a bit more of it than the first chapter. See also the overall questions page.

Is the premise of the book correct?

In other words: are geography and giscience really as estranged as I suggest?

What about critical GIS? Isn’t it already doing this work?

Am I too harsh in my assessment of the limitations of critical GIS?

The big question (at least for me):

How have giscience and geography come to be so separate?

I mention in the preamble (page 2) that my original plan was

I originally planned for this opening chapter to be a historical account of the relationship between giscience and geography. It would open on a couple of my intellectual heroes from early in geography’s quantitative revolution, showing how their work was deeply engaged with geography, and contrast that with how distanced from geography giscience and GIS have become. Then, somehow or other I was going to explain how this distance had grown.

What happened? Do any of the capsule explanations that follow this quote seem more plausible than the others? I know, this is an unfair question: I ducked answering it completely. That just makes it all the more worth thinking about.

And finally, a silly question:

Who were those two intellectual heroes I chickened out of writing up?!

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