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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

Doing Ethnographies
Doing ethnographies
Introduction: What is Ethnography and How Can it Be Geographical?

Elsewhere in this book we have begun our answers to such questions by going to Greek roots. And this is quite useful. While geography literally means ‘earth-writing’, ethnography means ‘people-writing’ (Hoggart et al., 2002), the kind of ‘writing’ most often associated with early and/or traditional anthropological fieldwork. Here, Western researchers typically spent a year or more living in far-off, non-Western, small-scale, isolated, rural communities (Jackson, 1983). They learnt local languages, watched and participated in day-to-day activities and (sometimes with research assistants and translators) entered into conversations about these activities with local people. They asked what was going on and why, took notes on what they saw and heard, sketched or took photographs of ...

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