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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

Representing Human Geographies
Representing human geographies
Introduction

The literal meaning of ‘geography’ is ‘earth writing’ – taken from the Greek geo (‘the earth’) and graphien (‘to write’) – and writing is indeed central to the practice of human geography. For while in principle geographers could be involved in the production of all sorts of texts – films, paintings, soundtracks and, of course, maps – it is writing that every sort of human geography and human geographer has in common. Academic libraries are full of books and journals containing the written output of various types of geographical practice, and you will present your own research results to your tutors largely in the form of written essays, projects and dissertations. It is not only the form of communication that ...

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