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.

Researching Transnational Networks

Researching Transnational Networks

Researching transnational networks
Philip F.Kelly and KrisOlds

Economic geographers conventionally study particular places, upon which, from which and within which economic processes operate: the national economy, the regional cluster, the urban labour market, etc. Yet a distinctive feature of contemporary transnational processes is the extent to which they operate between places, creating intensifying functional linkages across space that compress time and (re)fold space (Sheppard 2002). Ulf Hannerz (2003: 206) makes a distinction between ‘multi-local’ and ‘translocal’ processes, the latter implying relationships and networks that integrate multiple sites into larger fields. Tracing these linkages makes transnational research distinct from comparative research.

Economic geographers have also turned increasingly to qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. But if the standards of rigour in qualitative ...

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