Naturalising the Highlands: geographies of mountain fieldwork in late-Victorian Scotland

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    Abstract

    Through a detailed examination of two late-Victorian field clubs dedicated to the exploration of alpine botany in the Scottish Highlands, this paper contributes to work on the historical geographies of civic science. By focusing on the scientific and social character of mountain fieldwork it analyses the reciprocal relations between the spaces, practices and science of Highland botanising and wider concerns with sociability, character and civic virtue. In so doing it investigates the transposition of a variety of discursive resources from evolutionism to tourism into the language and practices of botanical science. This focus enables the paper to complicate more general accounts of natural history in the Victorian period and to consider a number of methodological issues relevant to reconstructing the historical geographies of science.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)791-815
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Historical Geography
    Volume33
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History
    • Archaeology
    • Geography, Planning and Development

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