Kimberley DU BUAT

Ph.D. Student

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne



To be a geographer in France, a socio-geography of geographers

Direction : Olivier Orain

Abstract : If many geographers are questionning themselves about the utility, the activity, the place, the perception, the components and even the existence of their professional group, few extensive works bring answers, especially for geographers working outside the academic sphere. This thesis purpose is, therefore, to provide some answers, by drawing a socio-geography of geographers in France, in a diachronic perspective. Used methods, both quantitative and qualitative, will allow to determine the demographic, sociological, economic and geographical characteristics of this professional group and to explain its professionalization process through the prism of practices.