By Avril Maddrell
This enlightening booklet makes obvious the lives and works of girls who performed a severe position within the improvement of geography as a tutorial box.
- A infrequent and unique research of the geographical paintings of 30 person ladies geographers from 1850 to 1970
- Includes oral histories from girls who've held appointments in British universities considering the fact that international battle II
- Makes the paintings of ladies geographers obvious and demanding situations the inspiration of pre Nineteen Seventies geography as an overwhelmingly masculine box
- Makes a tremendous contribution to debates in regards to the theoretical and methodological framing of the historiography of geography
Chapter One placing ladies of their position: ladies within the Historiography of Geography (pages 1–26):
Chapter girls and British Geographical Societies: Medals, club, Inclusion and Exclusion (pages 27–59):
Chapter 3 Marion Newbigin and the Liminal function of the Geographical Editor: employed support or Disciplinary Gatekeeper? (pages 60–79):
Chapter 4 girls visitors: within or open air the Canon? (pages 80–122):
Chapter 5 ladies in Geographical schooling: call for for Geography academics and instructing through instance (pages 123–151):
Chapter Six Diplomas, levels and Appointments: the 1st iteration of ladies Geographers in Academia (pages 152–187):
Chapter Seven Fieldwork and battle paintings: Interwar college Geographers (pages 188–230):
Chapter 8 The battle Years and rapid Post?War interval (pages 231–268):
Chapter 9 college growth, Specialisation and Quantification: 1950?70 (pages 269–312):
Chapter Ten end: Mapping the ‘Hidden’ girls in British Geography 1900–70 (pages 313–339):
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As a traveller and observer I have done a good deal of hard and honest work and may yet do more but I never put forward any claim to have that recognised by the RGS. 4 The letter to Murray is rather defensive, perhaps fearing criticism from her publisher or more generally wishing to distance herself from being the centre of what was to become a fervent, highly gendered and sometimes ridiculous public debate. That Bird did not see herself as geographer per se was a reflection of the dominant definition of that term: she did not see herself as matching the criteria set by the RGS of a surveying explorer, imperial agent or natural scientist.
As Chance (2005: xxx) noted on autobiographical sources from women medievalists: ‘rare glimpses of the woman scholar herself offer unusual insights into her own perceptions of her life and career’ which cannot be found in published work. If our sources are confined to the formal output of geographers, we have a limited perspective: ‘What he or she may write in books and journals yields an image of discrete knowledge products, but may yield little understanding of the intellectual processes unfolding within that person’s life’ (Buttimer 1983: 3).
Since then it has been used by the American Association of Geographers filmed interview series, Blunt’s (2005) exploration of the ‘hidden histories’ of Anglo-Indians, and much other qualitative work. Biographical studies within geography and geographical thought have also been developed by a number of geographers including Daniels and Nash’s (2004) discussion of the relationship between life histories and life geographies and Thomas’ (2004) study of Lady Curzon, where she stresses the synergy achieved between understanding a biographical subject in relation to friendship and family networks and wider social, economic and political networks or contexts.