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.

‘I Offer You This, Commodity’

‘I Offer You This, Commodity’

‘I offer you this, commodity’
Vinay K.Gidwani

October 1993. I was at the Tribal Research and Training Centre (TRTC) at Gujarat Vidyapeeth, in the city of Ahmedabad, India, trying to track down the original forms from a landmark rural survey conducted under the Gandhian economist J. C. Kumarappa in 1928–29. The survey, of 998 households in the economically deprived sub-district of Matar in central Gujarat, resulted in a publication that is both a singular early contribution to agricultural economics in India and a stinging indictment of colonial economic policies (Kumarappa 1931). But its arguments rely on aggregated statistics; ethnographic detail is markedly absent — almost as if it might compromise the factual gravity of the claims. These missing details intrigued me — ...

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