An undergraduate dissertation is your opportunity to engage with geographical research, first-hand. But completing a student project can be a stressful and complex process. Your Human Geography Dissertation breaks the task down into three helpful stages: • Designing: Deciding on your approach, your topic and your research question, and ensuring your project is feasible • Doing: Situating your research and selecting the best methods for your dissertation project • Delivering: Dealing with data and writing up your findings With information and task boxes, soundbites offering student insight and guidance, and links to online materials, this book offers a complete and accessible overview of the key skills needed to prepare, research, and write a successful human geography dissertation.

Doing Reflexive Research: Situating Your Dissertation

Doing Reflexive Research: Situating Your Dissertation

Chapter Map

  • First-person politics
  • The ‘god trick’ (and other myths)
  • Situating knowledges
  • Placing yourself in your research

First-person politics

Have you ever wondered why so many human geographers write in the first person? The very simple reason is that most human geographers believe that they are a part of the research they are writing about. It makes sense, then, to communicate research accordingly. Indeed, in my own work I have always used personal pronouns to explain myself (and this book offers no exception). As Atkinson and Shakespeare note (1993: 4), ‘the self, the “I” is part of writing and research, and interacts with ideas and people’. In other words, the ‘self’, the ‘I’, is not separate from the work ...

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