- Subject index
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.
Chapter 6: Doing Reflexive Research: Situating Your Dissertation
Doing Reflexive Research: Situating Your Dissertation
- First-person politics
- The ‘god trick’ (and other myths)
- Situating knowledges
- Placing yourself in your research
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 ...