- 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 17: Coping with Archival and Textual Data
Coping with Archival and Textual Data
This chapter considers the problem of making sense of the masses of textual material gathered from archival or other sources. It suggests ways to select, sort and analyse material so that sound arguments can be constructed. Textual data are always a representation of how people have made sense of and reflected on their own world and that of others. The term ‘text’ is used here in the widest sense to include other more visual cultural productions such as photographs, paintings and maps, or anything that can be read (Barnes and Duncan 1992).
When faced by texts we need to think firstly how they have been produced and secondly what they say. Some systematic way of ...