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.
Chapter 17: “A Little Bird Told Me …”: Approaching Animals Through Qualitative Methods
“A Little Bird Told Me …”: Approaching Animals Through Qualitative Methods
Epistemological and Ontological Challenges in Animal Geographic Research
Contemporary human geography has witnessed a revived interest in animals over the past decade (Wolch and Emel, 1995, 1998; Philo and Wilbert, 2000a). The rise of animal geography stems from several factors, including growing awareness of conditions in factory farms and research laboratories, habitat loss due to land development and extractive economic activities, and theenvironmental impacts of toxic waste and pollutants. Animal suffering, species endangerment, environmental degradation, and general fears about ‘the end of nature’ have spurred resistance to modes of animal treatment and environmental management, through legal battles, public opinion campaigns and activism. Within the academy, ...