On geoscientisation: A response to Cupples

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Cupples' (2020) provocative paper explores the processes and practices of “geoscientisation,” focusing on its material consequences and the forms of “epistemic erasure” (p. 4) it yields. Her paper is a stimulating contribution that brings to the surface a range of issues that have swirled quietly and sometimes angrily around corridors and staff meetings for years. While there is certainly very much more to discuss I wish to make three main points in this necessarily brief response. First, I argue that the process of geoscientisation is not quite as “top‐down” as Cupples describes and suggest that the concept needs to better acknowledge its diverse driving forces. Second, I submit that “geoscientisation” of the discipline—and to some extent a “scientisation” of the social sciences—may be more pervasive than Cupples declares. Third, I think Cupples comes up short on strategies for resisting geoscientisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalNew Zealand Geographer
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • GEOSCIENCE - "Geoscientisation”
  • Epistemic erasure
  • Correspondence


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