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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.

Handling Case Studies
Handling case studies

Ethnographic fieldwork tries to capture significant features of the lives of the people one is working with. Whether or not one strictly adheres to the rigours of grounded theory (Glaser and Strauss 1967), whereby hypotheses are constantly tested and amended in the light of theories suggested by field observations, every ethnographer is permanently conscious that new insights are gained and old hunches abandoned as local experience deepens. As Chapters 13 and 14 have indicated, a researcher does not always have (or even want to have) a great deal of control over information gained through participant observation, interviews or focus groups. The research can rush off in unexpected directions; chance revelations can make things which formerly seemed trivial into important events; ...

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