Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

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This comprehensive text introduces students to the research methodologies found in both human and physical geography. Careful attention is given to the theories that underlie different types of research, to key issues in research methodology, to the collection of different types of data, and to a range of contemporary geographic techniques, both quantitative and qualitative.

This indispensable volume starts with a broad-based grounding in the conceptual frameworks lying behind data acquisition and analysis. Foundational chapters - several co-authored by human and physical geographers - also provide multiple perspectives on central questions in research methodology, while a series of central essays relating to methods and techniques focus on ways that students, as young researchers, can conceptualize objects of analysis, collect and analyze pertinent data, and interpret the results of their work. Key terminology and exercises are also included throughout.

Unique in both content and organization, Research Methods in Geography provides students with a solid conceptual and practical foundation in the basic principles and methodologies utilized in geography today.

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"Encompassing both the new-and-trendy and the tried-and-true, this comprehensive 'travel guide' across the discipline's vast and diverse intellectual terrain is remarkable for its breadth, depth, and scope."
Jonathan D. Phillips, University of Kentucky

"This vibrant and engaging collection takes students through the research process from conceptual foundations to writing, making this book an ideal guide for those undertaking their first research project."
Joanne P. Sharp, University of Glasgow

"This excellent text, giving both a synoptic and detailed treatment of the subject, and written by some of the most respected geographers in the field, will be extremely useful for all flavors of methods courses in geography. It will also be a valuable reference for students and faculty alike, whether in the human geography, physical geography, or geographic information science realm."
Dawn Wright, Oregon State University

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Meet the Author

Basil Gomez is an Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Geography Compass. He has published widely across a number of journals.

John Paul Jones III is Professor of Geography and Director of the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was the co-founder and co-director of the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky, where he taught from 1986 to 2003. He is co-editor of the journal Dialogues in Human Geography.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

List of Tables xi

List of Boxes xiii

List of Exercises xv

Notes on Contributors xvii

Acknowledgments xx

1 Introduction John Paul Jones III Basil Gomez 1

Part I Theory and Methodology 7

2 Theorizing Our World Ian Graham Ronald Shaw Deborah P. Dixon John Paul Jones III 9

3 Observing Our World Bruce L. Rhoads David Wilson 26

4 Measurement and Interpretation Sent Visser John Paul Jones III 41

5 Operational Decisions Andrew Herod Kathleen C. Parker 60

6 Sampling Our World Ryan R. Jensen J. Matthew Shumway 77

Part II Collecting Data 91

7 Physical Landscapes Michael J. Crozier Ulrike Hardenbicker Basil Gomez 93

8 Climates Julie A. Winkler 116

9 Vegetation Thomas W. Gillespie Glen M. MacDonald 137

10 Remote Sensing Douglas A. Stow 155

11 Secondary Data Kevin St Martin Marianna Pavlovskaya 173

12 Social Surveys, Interviews, and Focus Groups Anna J. Secor 194

13 Ethnography and Participant Observation Debbie Allsop Hannah Allen Helen Clare Ian Cook Hayley Raxter Christina Upton Alice Williams 206

14 Cultural Landscapes Richard H. Schein 222

15 Human-Environment Field Study Paul F. Robbins 241

Part III Representing and Analyzing 257

16 Maps and Diagrams Stephen P. Hanna 259

17 Descriptive Statistics Sent Visser John Paul Jones III 279

18 Explanatory Statistics Sent Visser John Paul Jones III 297

19 Mathematical Analysis Sandra Lach Arlinghaus 315

20 Regional Analysis Gordon F. Mulligan 335

21 Modeling Yvonne Martin Stefania Bertazzon 354

22 Geographic Information Systems Michael F. Goodchild 376

23 Analyzing Meaning Deborah P. Dixon 392

Part IV Obligations 409

24 The Politics and Ethics of Research David M. Smith 411

25 Writing It Up Dydia DeLyser 424

Glossary 437

Index 451

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