Practising Human Geography / Edition 1

Practising Human Geography / Edition 1

by Paul J Cloke, Ian Cook, Philip Crang, Mark A Goodwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761973001

ISBN-13: 9780761973003

Pub. Date: 05/25/2004

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761973003
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/25/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacex
Acknowledgementsxvi
1Changing practices of human geography: an introduction1
Practising human geography?1
A thumbnail history of practising human geography7
Conclusion31
Notes32
Part IConstructing Geographical Data35
2Official sources41
Introduction41
Types of official information42
Information and state formation43
The contemporary informational state49
Understanding the construction of official information53
Conclusion61
Notes61
3Non-official sources62
Introduction62
Non-official sources in geographical research63
Critical issues in the use of non-official data sources68
Conclusion91
Note92
4Imaginative sources93
Introduction93
Understanding the construction of imaginative sources94
Imaginative sources in geographical research104
Case studies115
Conclusion122
Notes122
5Talking to people123
Introduction123
The practices of talking to people126
Questionnairing130
Interviewing148
Discussion groups159
Ethics: an important end note164
Notes168
6Observing, participating and ethnographies169
Introduction: what is ethnography and how can it be geographical?169
Geography's humanistic ethnographies171
The black inner city as Frontier outpost173
Geography's 'new' ethnographies182
Top tips for prospective researchers195
Conclusion: field-noting196
Notes204
Part IIConstructing Geographical Interpretations207
7Sifting and sorting215
Sitting down with your data215
What happens when we put things into boxes and make lists223
A geographical detour into set theory227
Alternatives and recommendations240
Notes245
8Enumerating247
Enumeration and human geography247
Describing, exploring, inferring253
Modelling spatial processes264
Geocomputation271
GIS and spatial analysis272
The authority of numbers?277
Notes284
9Explaining285
The complexity of explanation285
Explanation through laws: geography as spatial science286
Explanation as causation288
Intensive and extensive research289
The search for a revolution in geographical explanation290
Explanation through abstraction291
Explanation and subjectivity295
Explanation and practice299
Concluding comments: from the explanation of geography to the geographies within explanation305
Note306
10Understanding307
Introduction307
Seven modes of understanding310
Conclusion: between understanding and explanation335
Notes335
11Representing human geographies336
Introduction336
The work of writing337
Presenting research342
Representation and rhetoric347
Representation in practice358
Beyond the book362
Conclusion363
Notes363
12The politics of practising human geography364
The 'personal' politics of geographical practice364
The politics of research practice367
The politics of the academy370
Ethics, morality and geographical research374
Notes375
References376
Index409

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