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.

Reflexivity and Positionality in Feminist Fieldwork Revisited

Reflexivity and Positionality in Feminist Fieldwork Revisited

Reflexivity and positionality in feminist fieldwork revisited
RichaNagar and SusanGeiger

Some sort of reflexive identification of the academic writer with the ‘Other’ interpreted, analyzed or written about, is so important in reestablishing critical authority in the rubble of paradigms precisely because the most powerful and paralyzing aspect of the critique of representation has been its ethical implications for the very mode of communication — discursive, impersonal writing — so basic to academic work. (George Marcus 1992: 490)

Since the late 1980s, the practice of fieldwork has been under heavy scrutiny. The ‘crisis of representation’ — that is, doubts about the ‘possibility of truthful portrayals of others’ and ‘the capacity of the subaltern to be heard’ (Ortner 1996: 190) — has been ...

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