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Practising Human Geography is critical introduction to disciplinary debates about the practice of human geography, that is informed by an inquiry into how geographers actually do research. In examining those methods and practices that are integral to doing geography, the text presents a theoretically-informed reflection on the construction and interpretation of geographical data - including factual and "fictional" sources; the use of core research methodologies; and the interpretative role of the researcher. Framed by an historical overview how ideas of practising human geography have changed, the following three sections offer an comprehensive and integrated overview of research methodologies. Illustrated throughout, the te

Constructing Geographical Data
Constructing geographical data
Geographical Data

Human geographers are almost always using data (see Box 1.3) in their research. We may sometimes conduct highly abstract theoretical meditations on, for instance, the nature of social space, the character of human places or the deeper philosophy behind how we struggle to know what is happening in the world of people. In these cases the active engagement with data may be quite limited, but it is unlikely to be entirely absent. Alternatively, we may occasionally conduct more synthetic work that seeks to pull together, perhaps to find new ways of understanding, the findings from previously completed research projects by geographers and other academics. In these cases there is an active engagement with data, even if these data have ...

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