Keyword Groups: Academic Disciplines


The study of the meaning of place, or a place, in the lived experience of the inhabitants; as a blend of human geography with critical theory, the term has its origins in radical counter-culture thought  (see for example the Wikipedia entry on the subject), but is open to further re-appropriation….

management studies

The perspective of a business school, which – contrary to popular assumptions – can often include critical theory accounts of business models and economics.


Used in its broadest sense, history here is an account of past events, told not solely from personal reflection but from observation and carefully assessed sources. See also ‘personal reflection’, ‘idiographic account’, ‘narrative analysis’.

complex trauma

Many services are now adopting this term, derived from psychology and neuroscience, in preference to the awkward medico-diagnostic term “personality disorder”.