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  • Contents
  • Subject index

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

Imaginative Sources
Imaginative sources

As we have shown in Chapters 2 and 3, in recent years geographers have adopted an increasingly critical approach to conventional sources of data such as official statistics and other ‘factual’ documentary sources. These sources are no longer seen as providing direct and unmediated access to geographical reality but as social constructions produced for particular purposes in specific social contexts. At the same time there has been a growing acceptance among geographers of the legitimacy of using sources of information which are overtly products of human imagination and whose primary original purpose is not to make factual statements about the world but, instead, to entertain, provoke, inspire or move the reader, listener or viewer; in short, to engage the emotions and, indeed, ...

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