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1st Edition

Researching Human Geography

ISBN 9780340676752
Published September 28, 2001 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

Researching Human Geography is an essential new text for any geography student about to embark on a research project. An understanding of how different theories of knowledge have influenced research methodologies is crucial in planning and designing effective research; this book makes this link clear and explores how various philosophical positions, from positivism to post-structuralism, have become associated with particular methodologies.

The book gives an overview of a wide range of methods and data collection, both quantitative and qualitative, and explores their strengths and weaknesses for different kinds of research. 'Researching Human Geography' also looks at the various techniques available for the analysis of data, which is presented as an integral and ongoing part of the research process. Clearly written, with extensive use of examples from previous research to show 'methodology in action', this new text is an invaluable addition to both the theory and method of research in human geography.

Table of Contents

Philosophical approaches in human geography research
Research design
By the book? Official statistics and published records
Behind the scenes writing: archives and administrative records
Keeping a distance: the uses of unobtrusive measures
Superficial encounters: sample survey techniques
Heightened intensity: directed in-depth analyses
Part of life: fieldwork research as lived experience
Writing up geographical research.

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A timely work both useful for students and teachers.
Educational Book Review

Writeen in a conversational style, Researching Human Geography will no doubt be appreciated by...students taking courses in research design and methadology, or working on undergraduate dissertations.
Progress in Human Geography, Volume 29, Issue 1