Only connect... : pleading for a neo-holistic geography
- Lehrstuhl für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeographie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Gebäude NA II164, 44780 Bochum, Germany
Abstract. In eleven propositions the article surrounds an ambivalent theme. It is related to the conditions found in Departments of Geography in German-speaking countries. – On the one hand it pleads for a diseiplinary strategy to integrate various human and physical geographies to constitute a neo-holistic geography. This could contribute to shape geography as a centre of competence for current issues of regional and urban development. The complex concept of sustainability – taken in its threefold meaning as ecological. economic and social sustainability-lends itself as asound basis for this integrative strategy. – On the other hand well-established career routines of young scientists are a strong hindering factor. These career paths require a degree of topical specialization which runs counter to serious Steps of integration.