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.

The Place of Personal Politics

The Place of Personal Politics

The place of personal politics

Over the past twenty years the shift to post-positivism across the social sciences has opened up space for new methods of social research. Once the orthodox model of research — based on a disembodied neutral observer collecting data from a world apart from themselves — had been rejected, scholars were able to make the case for alternative epistemologies and methods. We are now urged to reflect upon the nature of our engagement and position in the world, its influence on the data and knowledge produced, and its silences and partiality as well as its ‘truth’. However, human geographers have been much better at addressing the internal politics of the research process than they have in exploring ...

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