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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

Enumeration and Human Geography

In this chapter we turn to the use of numbers in the practising of human geography. Numbers are a fundamental facet of our everyday lives. They convey information to us; they underwrite key categorizations of size, standard, price, importance, progress and so on; they are used to present significant evidence to us in favour of, or in opposition to, some opinion, policy, product, way of life or place; and sometimes they are offered as proof of some underlying generalization. Thus we buy clothes of a stipulated size and we buy albums from numbered charts. Our schools, universities and hospitals are measured in terms of their performance and our housing values and our incomes are taken as a reflection of the standard ...

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