chapter  5
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Contextualising professional interaction in Anglo-(American) African(ist) geographies

ByAfrican(ist) geographies Reginald Cline-Cole

As geographers increasingly turn their gaze 'inwards', both their discipline and the social relations implicated in its production become important 'fields' of analytical reflection. Resultant change in geographical sensibilities has, among other consequences, stimulated new interest in the problematics of research on and in, and the teaching of developing countries by Anglo-American geographers (Corbridge 1993; Harrison 1995; Kay 1993; Lonsdale 1986; Potter 1993; Rundstrom and Kenzer 1989).1 This revival includes a (re)consideration of the need and motivation for professional interaction between academic geographers of the North and South. It also addresses the nature, extent and consequences of such interaction. Overall, its preoccupations are a logical extension of current concern with questions of professional ethics, including responsibility to distant others or strangers (Harrison 1995; Madge 1993; Porter 1995; Proctor 1998; Sidaway 1992,1993,1997a; Smith 1994).