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Geographical Analysis at Midlife

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This is the of a note that has been published in its final definitive form by Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2021.

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© 2020 The Ohio State University. In this commentary, I reflect on geographical analysis as it enters middle age, focusing on what I perceive to be central elements—for both field and journal—of past growth and development, as well as future robustness and potential. My particular interest lies in evaluating “geographical analysis” as it stands today, taking the journal as one proxy for the larger field, and placing this within a wider context of quantitative human geography. As with any set of perspectives, mine are idiosyncratic and the product of a particular experience at a particular time. To make my case, I draw on manuscript citation histories from Geographical Analysis, my interpretation of recent developments in the discipline, and of course the insights of others who have plowed these pastures before me. I close by offering some thoughts about the future directions of our field and our journal.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Franklin RS

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geographical Analysis

Year: 2021

Volume: 53

Issue: 1

Pages: 47-60

Print publication date: 01/01/2021

Online publication date: 01/08/2020

Acceptance date: 09/07/2020

ISSN (print): 0016-7363

ISSN (electronic): 1538-4632

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc.


DOI: 10.1111/gean.12251