In this paper I describe the changing use of the figurative term ‘unpack’ in Anglo-American geographical writing between 1973 and 2013. I present the results of a survey of the term's occurrence, across four decades, in five leading geography journals. I conclude by discussing the implications of ‘unpack’ as a critical instruction and reflecting on what that term's deployment reveals about the prioritisation of scholarly activities in geographical research.
|Early online date||15 Apr 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|