Practising Human Geography / Edition 1

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Overview

Practising Human Geography is critical introduction to disciplinary debates about the practice of human geography, that is informed by an inquiry into how geographers actually do research. In examining those methods and practices that are integral to doing geography, the text presents a theoretically-informed reflection on the construction and interpretation of geographical data - including factual and "fictional" sources; the use of core research methodologies; and the interpretative role of the researcher.

Framed by an historical overview how ideas of practising human geography have changed, the following three sections offer an comprehensive and integrated overview of research methodologies. Illustrated throughout, the te

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761973003
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian is a cultural geographer with longstanding interests in material geographies, multi-sited ethnographic research, connective aesthetics and critical pedagogy. He combines these in/as ‘follow the thing‘ work. In recent years he has added to these interests new media ecology and commodity activism, after experimenting with blogging as a means to write collaboratively about the geographies of food, and with web design to create followthethings.com, a spoof online shop, resource, database and fieldsite stocked with provocative ‘follow the thing‘ work by academics, students, filmmakers, artists, journalists and others.

Within Geography at Exeter, Ian is Director of Communications and External Relations and Equality and Diversity rep.

Ian is also the cultural geography editor of Geography Compass and serves on the editorial boards of Qualitative Research and Geography. He is an Associate of the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University, an academic advisory board member of Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, and a trustee of the Geographical Association.

Ian often writes as ‘Ian Cook et al‘ in order to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work.
Career

Ian graduated from UCL in 1986 with a BSc in Human Sciences, from the University of Kentucky in 1992 with an MA in Human Geography, and from the University of Bristol in 1997 with a Ph D in Human Geography. He began his academic career at the University of Wales, Lampeter (1993-9), then worked at the University of Birmingham (1999-2007), before moving to Exeter in August 2007.

Chris Philo was a Lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter, before becoming, in 1995, Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. He specialises in the history and theory of geographical thought, as well as the historical and social geographies of 'madness', 'outsiders' of all kinds and human-animal relations.

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Table of Contents

Changing Practices of Human Geography
An Introduction
PART ONE: CONSTRUCTING GEOGRAPHICAL DATA
Official Sources
Non-official Sources
Imaginative Sources
Talking to People
Observing, Participating and Ethnographies
PART TWO: CONSTRUCTING GEOGRAPHICAL INTERPRETATIONS
Sifting and Sorting
Enumerating
Explaining
Understanding
Representing Human Geographies
The Politics of Practising Human Geography

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