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.

Beyond Close Dialogue: Economic Geography as if it Matters

Beyond Close Dialogue: Economic Geography as if it Matters

Beyond close dialogue: Economic geography as if it matters
Gordon L.Clark

Any debate about social science method must be sensitive to the social context in which discussion takes place. So, for example, in the 1970s and the 1980s debate about method and the goals of social science was heavily influenced by the social turmoil occasioned by the Vietnam war. Simplistic notions of social science as a science without political and ethical commitments were overturned by a new generation deeply suspicious of the claims of neutrality and higher purpose made by their teachers and supervisors. Twenty-five years on, the debate about the purpose of theory-building is informed by similarly contentious issues such as neo-liberalism and the putative imperialism found, ...

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