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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

The Politics of Practising Human Geography
The politics of practising human geography

We want to end the book with some reflections on the politics of geographical practice and on the power relations involved in both constructing and interpreting geographical data. One of the central messages running through this book has been the idea that all geographical research is a social activity. Far from operating in some kind of sealed environment or social vacuum (let alone an ivory tower), individual researchers are always working in particular social contexts. Indeed, the practice of research should not be viewed as a neutral, or technical, procedure but should instead be seen as a social process which is heavily laden with competing, and often conflicting, sets of demands and values. May ...

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