Geographical Research: Between Rhetoric and Practice

Geography claims to integrate various subjects, connecting a range of disciplines, topics and methodologies by bridging natural sciences with social and cultural studies. As part of its self-conception geography traditionally positions itself as a major force in putting into practice the generally repeated demand for interdisciplinarity.

But do these presupposed “pillars of unity” stand the test of an empirical investigation into geographical research practices? Is the proclaimed interdisciplinary character of geography more than a myth? How dense and extensive is the network of intellectual exchange between physical geography and human geography?