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.

Textual and Discourse Analysis

Textual and discourse analysis


Over the past 25 years, the analysis of discourse has opened up new dimensions within human geography, providing tools through which to interrogate the ‘situatedness of knowledge, the contextuality of discourses and the active role which spatial images play in political life,’ (Hakli, 1998: 333). One possible origin for the discursive turn can be found in the work of Edward Said (1978), who outlined the role of ‘imaginative geographies’ in constituting ontological categories such as Orient and Occident. Since then, papers in human geography that draw on discourse analysis either explicitly (through methodology) or implicitly (through the postpositivist philosophy associated with discourse) have become almost innumerable. For example, in political geography the discursive turn allowed a move away ...

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