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.

Locating the Thai State

Locating the Thai State

Locating the thai state

The nationalist modifiers that habitually prefix the word ‘state’ — in my case, ‘Thai’ — impart a considerable geographic specificity. The Thai state seems to be delimited to the space of Thailand. Yet, without rejecting the salience of the various political projects called ‘nationalist’, I have come in the course of my research to doubt that there is any such singular, geographically bounded Thai state. I reflect on this process of questioning in three interconnected ways here, each speaking to the politics and practice of research. First, I identify distinct ways in which ‘the Thai state’ can be unbundled as an object of analysis and the associated methodological issues that have come up. Second, I note how even ...

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