This is the first sustained discussion of methodological issues in economic geography in the last twenty years. It comprises an extended discussion of qualitative and ethnographic methods; an assessment of quantitative and numerical methods; an examination of post-structuralist and feminist methodologies; an overview of case-study approaches; and an inquiry into the relation between economic geography and other disciplines. With short, accessible, and engaging chapters, this is a critical assessment of qualitative and quantitative methods in economic geography.

Methods Matter: Transformations in Economic Geography

Methods Matter: Transformations in Economic Geography

Methods matter: Transformations in economic geography
TrevorBarnes, JamiePeck, EricSheppard and AdamTickell

In 1983, Doreen Massey and Richard Meegan invited a small group of industrial geographers to a workshop at the Open University (OU) in Milton Keynes to explore the connections between theory, policy, and method in their work. The participants, a mix of established and up-and-coming British researchers, were called upon to talk about not only what they were doing, but how and why they were doing it, their theory and their methods. While a consensus solidified around the what of economic geography — the problems of manufacturing job loss, the stubbornness of regional divides, the apparently inexorable decline of the British economy — little agreement emerged about the why and ...

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