Qualitative Methods in Human Geography

Qualitative Methods in Human Geography

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This book explores research methods in human geography. In recent years, there has been a reorientation away from established methods, with a heavy emphasis on quantitative analysis, towards more qualitative approaches. This book aims to present something of the breadth and flavour of these changes along with a consideration of their significance. The point of the volume is not to instruct readers how to carry out qualitative research, but to provide a variety of examples illustrating the nature and significance of interpretive methods in geographical investigations. The book presents case studies of research projects using depth interviews, participant observation, documentary sources and other forms of textual analysis. At the same time as the contributions illustrate methodological issues, they also make direct contributions to understanding some of the major social and spatial concerns of the contemporary world - for example, crime, race, neighbourhood change, industrial regeneration, the symbolic importance of place, and perceptions of health and health care. The work should be of considerable interest to undergraduates following courses in geography, as well as to geographicashow more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 456g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745603718
  • 9780745603711

Table of contents

1. John Eyles (Teaches McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario) Interpreting the Geographical World: Qualitative Approaches in Geographical Research ; 2. Susan J. Smith (Research Fellow, ESRC's Centre for Housing Research, Glasgow University) Constructing Local Knowledge: The Analysis of Self in Everyday Life ; 3. Michael Keith Racial Conflict and the "No-Go Areas" of London ; 4. Peter Jackson (Lecturer in Geography, University College London) Definitions of the Situation: Neighbourhood Change and Local Politics in Chicago ; 5. J. Douglas Porteous (Professor of Geography, University of Victoria, British Columbia) Topocide: The Annihilation of Place ; 6. Jacquelin Burgess and Peter Wood (respectively Lecturer in Geography, University College London and Senior Lecturer in Geography, University College London) Decoding Docklands: Place Advertising and the Decision-Making Strategies of the Small Firm ; 7. David Evans (research consultant in a joint partnership between the Department of Geography, Loughborough University and a private multi-disciplinary practice) Social Interaction and Conflict over Residential Growth: A Structuration Perspective ; 8. Keyan G. Tomaselli The Geography of Popular Memory in Post-Colonial South Africa: A Study of Afrikaans Cinema ; 9. Courtice Rose (Associate Professor of Geography, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec) The Concept of Reach and the Anglophone Minority in Quebec ; 10. Jenny Donovan (was until December 1987, Arthritis and Rheumatism Council Research Fellow, Birmingham University) "When you're ill, you've gotta carry it": Health and Illness in the Lives of Black People in London ; 11. Mel Evans (Action Research Worker in Newham Docklands for Community Economy Ltd) Participant Observation: The Researcher as Research Tool ; 12. Jocelyn Cornwell (Locality Manager in Islington Health Authority's newly decentralised community health services) A Case Study Approach to Lay Health Beliefs: Reconsidering the Research Process ; 13. John Pickles (Assistant Professor of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University) From Fact-World to Life-World: The Phenomenological Method and Social Science Research ; 14. David M. Smith (Professor of Geography, Queen Mary College, University of London) Towards an Interpretative Human Geographyshow more