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.

Smoke and Mirrors: An Ethnography of the State

Smoke and Mirrors: An Ethnography of the State

Smoke and mirrors: An ethnography of the state

In 1999, the federal government of Canada intercepted four boats carrying migrants smuggled from Fujian, China to the west coast of British Columbia (BC). Most made refugee claims and were detained and ultimately deported. This episode brought to public debate Canadian refugee and border enforcement policies and the bureaucrats who administer them. My chapter is about those bureaucrats. Despite standing on the inside looking outward as they enact immigration policy, civil servants often, ironically, express feelings of powerlessness, particularly about human smuggling. This episode, therefore, provided an ideal opportunity both to see the state and to see like a state (J. Scott 1998). The chapter is an ethnography of state ...

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