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.

Nature Talks Back: Studying the Economic Life of Things

Nature Talks Back: Studying the Economic Life of Things

Nature talks back: Studying the economic life of things

My first encounter with the mesquite tree (Prosopis juliflora) was on a desert road in India, under a blazing sun, tens of kilometres from the nearest settlement. When the front tyre of my motorcycle went suddenly flat and the bike skidded and dumped itself and its rider in the dunes by the side of the road, I did not immediately know the cause of my misfortune: a twig from a thorny invasive tree that had made itself at home halfway across the globe from its original habitat in North America.

Subsequently there were other encounters, but it was only as I tried to explain and understand the political and ...

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