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.

Hybrid GIS and Cultural Economic Geography

Hybrid GIS and cultural economic geography


In the late 1980s I conducted a study on the relationship between economic development and government technology policy in the (then) newly industrializing countries of Asia. The study adopted a qualitative case study approach, which involved archival research and fieldwork that included interviews with government officials responsible for development and technology policy. The project was for my Master's thesis with the Graduate School of Urban Planning at UCLA. It was informed by the work of my thesis advisers (Michael Storper and John Friedmann) and several geographers at UCLA (e.g., Susan Christopherson, Ed Soja and Allen Scott). After I filed my thesis, my path underwent an intriguing turn. I went to the University of California, ...

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