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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

Non-Official Sources
Non-official sources
Introduction

The state, in all its guises, is not the only agency to provide the human geographer with rich sources of preconstructed data. Indeed, in tandem with the extensive growth in government record-keeping, which we detailed in the previous chapter, there has been a dramatic increase in the extent and scope of ‘non-official’ data. The inexorable rise in information technology and electronic communication (including the Internet and World Wide Web), the ease of desktop publishing and printing, and the continued expansion of the technical and bureaucratic nature of capitalist society have all combined to accelerate this process. The trend towards increased bureaucracy, administration and record-keeping in the private sphere was first noted by Weber (1978) at the beginning of the last century. Since ...

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