Universitatea”Babeş-Bolyai” Cluj-Napoca, Facultatea de Geografie, str. Clinicilor 5-7, 400006, Cluj Napoca, Romania
ABSTRACT. – The Social Geography – from Apogee to Crisis and to the Social Geographies of the 21 st Century - The Continuos Shifting of its Focus and of its Area of Interest. Social geography has probably been the most dynamic and one of the most controversial of the human geography’s domains of thematic interests, and the echoes of these attributes are still heard today. Considering these aspects, we believe that summarizing the conceptualizations of its fields of interest and the sphere of its matters of concern is necessary – at least in the context of the present Romanian geographical research – both because of the domain’s epistemological particularities and because of the propitious scientific moment we experience. Every decade, the content of the interest themes in the field of social geography changes significantly. This situation is due to the fact that, substantially simplifying, the main interest themes which have emerged and developed in the field of research, have followed two types of trajectories. One of the patterns was represented by the following stadiality: emergence – the pinnacle of the interest period and the period with the most papers written and published – the critics’ apogee (the critics began at the same time with the development phase) – the fall into abeyance (e.g. representations’ geography, crime geography, geography of poverty, geography of the body etc.) but there are rarely strong come-backs, for instance ones that are based on a methodological renewal of the data processing, now that the complex computerized processing has become standard. The other dynamics alternative resides in the following pattern: emergence – apogee – intensified diversification of the sphere of methodology and matters of concern – the separation of social geography from the body of human geography as an independent subdivision.
Cuvinte cheie: geografie socială, fenomene sociale, dinamică, concept.
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