An overview of the blossoming of a multifaceted tradition

Olivier Orain, a member of Géographie-cités published a chapter intitled “A social history of quantitative geography in France from the 1970s to the 1990s”, to better understand a decisive moment in the history of geography, in the book “Recalibrating the Quantitative Revolution in Geography : Travels, Networks, Translations” published by Routledge .

F. Gyuris, B.Michel, K. Paulus. Recalibrating. the Quantitative Revolution in Geography : Travels, Networks, Translations. Routledge: 2022, 242 p.

This book brings together international research on the quantitative revolution in geography. It offers perspectives from a wide range of contexts and national traditions that decenter the Anglo-centric discussions. The mid-20th-century quantitative revolution is frequently regarded as a decisive moment in the history of geography, transforming it into a modern and applied spatial science. This book highlights the different temporalities and spatialities of local geographies laying the ground for a global history of a specific mode of geographical thought. It contributes to the contemporary discussions around the geographies and mobilities of knowledge, notions of worlding, linguistic privilege, decolonizing and internationalizing of geographic knowledge.

This book will be of interest to researchers, postgraduates and advance students in geography and those interested in the spatial sciences.

Olivier Orain is a historian of human sciences (historian of geography mostly, but now widening his perimeter of investigation). He runs two academic Journals : the Revue d’histoire des sciences humaines with Wolf Feuerhahn and L’Espace géographique with Catherine Rhein. He currently works at the UMR Géographie-Cités, French National Centre for Scientific Research. Olivier does research in History of human sciences, Epistemology, Rhetoric of science and Historical Linguistics.