New PDF release: Researching Human Geography

By Keith Hoggart, Loretta Lees, Anna Davies

ISBN-10: 0340676752

ISBN-13: 9780340676752

ISBN-10: 1417531886

ISBN-13: 9781417531882

"Researching Human Geography" is an important new textual content for any geography scholar approximately to embark on a learn undertaking. An figuring out of ways varied theories of data have prompted study methodologies is essential in making plans and designing potent study; this e-book makes this hyperlink transparent and explores how quite a few philosophical positions, from positivism to post-structuralism, became linked to specific methodologies. The e-book provides an outline of a variety of equipment and information assortment, either quantitative and qualitative, and explores their strengths and weaknesses for other kinds of analysis. "Researching Human Geography" additionally appears to be like on the a variety of thoughts on hand for the research of information, that's awarded as an essential and ongoing a part of the examine procedure. sincerely written, with wide use of examples from earlier learn to teach 'methodology in action', this new textual content is a useful addition to either the idea and approach to study in human geography.

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Molecules, DNA, proteins and viruses all qualify as an underlying reality with real power to explain (Norris 1995). Discovering these previously unimagined entities offered an explanation for processes that had not previously been understood. This is the attraction of critical realism. Especially for those for whom positivism is anathema, realism offers an interpretative vehicle that does not assume 'reality' is unique to each individual. Moreover, in so far as it seeks to understand the links between investigated behaviour and broader social structures, realism focuses on assessing whether observed social processes are mediated by often unquestioned structures within which people make behaviour decisions.

As Duncan and Ley (1993: 4) explain: This practice of reflecting upon and questioning the assumptions and statements of one's own research is termed reflexivity* (Bassett 1995). To be clear, reflexivity does not simply involve asking whether the research could have been improved upon or whether someone else might have come to a different conclusion. It embodies questioning research issues posed by the investigator, the interpretative biases of the researcher, and the way in which the identity of the researcher impacts on the research process.

Lees explains that Thrift's work is useful here in answering the question: what is place? He argues that cultural geographers have looked at place as' animated by culture', as if place exists before it is lived in. Thrift (1997a: i196-7) sees place simply as 'there as a part of us', 'something that we constantly produce, with others as we go along'. ' Significantly, both the interpretative tradition and moves away from it have more visibly opened the eyes of geographers to the ethics and politics of their research.

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