The process of learning qualitative research has altered dramatically and this Handbook explores the growth, change, and complexity within the topic and looks back over its history to assess the current state of the art, and indicate possible future directions. Moving beyond textbook rehearsals of standard issues, the book examines key methodological debates and conflicts, approaching them in a critical, discursive manner.

Doing Landscape Interpretation

Doing landscape interpretation


What's so important about landscape? How has it survived over the last hundred years as one of the central concepts in Anglo-American geography? This chapter addresses these questions as it traces various geographical approaches to landscape research. We look at contrasting definitions of landscape and the methods most appropriate to these differing definitions. The point of the chapter is not to advocate one or more conceptual or methodological approaches to the analysis of landscape, but to point to some of the methodological implications of choosing particular ways of conceptualizing landscape. We trace these conceptualizations and methodological commitments from the early twentieth century forward because we believe that there are certain merits to earlier approaches that contemporary researchers may wish to ...

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