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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

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The history of human geography is often conceived of as a series of blockbuster eras in each of which an all-encompassing mix of philosophy, theory and method dominates the landscape of scholarship until the next ‘revolution’ heralds the next era with its different concepts and toolkits. As we have discussed in Chapter 1, such a view is not only historically erroneous but it also creates misleading assumptions about the heritage of particular methodologies. As a prime example, recent texts on human geography's methods have tended to convey the impression that any formalization of qualitative methods is an entirely recent occurrence, to be understood in term of supposedly ‘postquantitative’ cultural turns in the subject. Yet it is important to begin this ...

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