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.

Politics and Practice: Becoming a Geographer

Politics and Practice: Becoming a Geographer

Politics and practice: Becoming a geographer

As one moves deeper into a subject, one sees how much the power of the subjective operates, even in the sciences; and one does not advance until one begins to know one's own self and character. (Goethe)

In this chapter, I try to work through aspects of my self and character in order to better understand the connections among theory-building, research questions, method and politics — at least in my own work. (Better late than never, you might think.) My approach will be to apply to myself the method I have used in analyzing corporate executives. This means trying to work out questions of identity, history, and social position and how these are involved in ...

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