chapter  11
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ByLesley Head

When the editors asked me to seek out a co-author for this chapter I resisted for two reasons. One was the more egotistical one of wanting to demonstrate that a geographer could still be both human and physical. The second and more important reason was that to structure all the writing that way seems to me to structure the debate. It risks essentializing two subdisciplines at the very time when contingency is to the fore in research and scholarship on both sides. This is not to deny the deep divisions that exist, but if there is to be a shared future, it will not come about by stitching back together two components pre-defined as ‘human’ and ‘physical’. Both the categories themselves and the relationships between them must be reconstituted. Nowhere is this clearer, I will argue, than in the voluminous writings about landscapes, cultures and cultural landscapes.