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  • Subject index

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

Sifting and Sorting
Sifting and sorting
Sitting down with Your Data

So far in this book we have dealt at length with the many ways in which geographical data are constructed, whether by the researcher or by others whose labours he or she then draws upon. Whatever the route by which the data have been constructed, a point arises – although it may well not preclude further generating or collecting of data – when the researcher ‘sits down’ with all or some of his or her data and starts to puzzle out exactly what to do with them. This can mean quite literally ‘sitting there’, perhaps in something of a daze, surrounded by piles upon piles of materials: by box-files of photocopied official sources (minutes, policy statements, ...

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