- 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 16: Feminist Methodology
The concerns of feminists, outlined in Chapter 6, ordain a particular stance vis-à-vis the research process. The feminist critique of the institution and practice of ‘science’ has been the basis of a critique of positivism and its associated research methods. In particular, positivism's claim to objectivity, the underlying belief that the researcher can detach himself (sic) from the research process and act as an impartial observer, has been the basis of a feminist methodology that to the contrary, expresses ‘faith in the legitimacy of subjectivity’ (Christopherson 1989 p. 87). Related to this, other building blocks of feminist methodology are the acknowledgement of ...