Destruction of the con: geography and the commodification of knowledge

Mohan, Giles (1994). Destruction of the con: geography and the commodification of knowledge. Area, 26(4) pp. 387–390.

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Abstract

This article is unapologetically polemical. As a busy academic who tries to keep up with developments in social theory I feel the need to make a brief, but impassioned plea for "Time Out". Over the past decade or so human geographers have been subjected to a dazzling array of theoretical frameworks drawn largely from outside the discipline. This rapid turnover is in part a cause and effect of a wider malaise centring on the commodification of knowledge. It must be stressed at the outset that I am not demeaning the process of critical self-examination, theoretical endeavour and political action, but I am concerned with the rapidity with which ideas are superseded.

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