- Subject index
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.
Chapter 14: Interviews and Focus Groups
Interviews and Focus Groups
Whilst some methods expose broad patterns using aggregate data that normalize out, interviews and focus groups are two methods that creep up close to a particular point of the pattern to engage with individuals who make up statistical averages. Done well, all methods have their use, but the aim of focus group work and interviews is to expose differences, contradictions and, in short, the complexity of unique experiences. Both interviews and focus groups take many different forms depending upon the aims, background, skills and theoretical perspective of the researcher. There is, however, a fundamental difference between interviews and focus groups: interviews usually involve the researcher and one ‘other’, whilst focus groups include the researcher and a group of ...