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 Hybridity Through ‘Chinese’ Business Networks

Researching Hybridity Through ‘Chinese’ Business Networks

Researching hybridity through ‘Chinese’ business networks
HenryWai-chung Yeung

Reflecting on the Culturalist Perspective of Chinese Capitalism

My aim is to reflect critically on my own posititonality in researching hybridity in Chinese business networks. The chapter is intentionally reflexive and thus peculiar to my own experience of researching Chinese capitalism. Chinese capitalism is defined as a historically- and geographically-specific form of economic organization among ethnic Chinese living outside mainland China, particularly in East and Southeast Asia. In studying Chinese capitalism, I have increasingly shifted from a static culturalist perspective to a dynamic transformative one, which, as I will argue, is a result of both critical reflections on my own research positionality as well as the material processes that increasingly hybridize Chinese capitalism.

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