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Doing Cultural Geography is an introduction to cultural geography that integrates theoretical discussion with applied examples. The emphasis throughout is on doing. Recognizing that many undergraduates have difficulty with both theory and methods courses, the text demystifies the ‘theory’ informing cultural geography and encourages students to engage directly with theory in practice. It emphasizes what can be done with humanist, Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist, and postcolonial theory, demonstrating that this is the best way to prompt students to engage with the otherwise daunting theoretical literature.

Participant Observation
Participant observation

Participant observation attempts to understand the everyday lives of other people from their perspective. It requires researchers to situate themselves in the lives of others and to allow their voices and actions to influence the research agenda. To study cultures, subcultures, and the value systems and social structures which make up these, researchers work within the patterns of relationships in a given setting. This method embraces a range of fieldwork experiences with researchers adopting different roles and levels of participation depending upon the demands of the research context. This chapter does not offer a smooth, clean approach to participant observation, but attempts to show its possibilities and opportunities to cultural geographers. Experiences of participant observation come in all shapes and sizes and ...

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