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 19: Writing Qualitative Geography
Writing Qualitative Geography
In 1903 the Czech-born poet Rainer Maria Rilke penned words of advice to a young man then aspiring to a life of writing but who, like Rilke before him, was faced instead with the prospect of life in the military. Rilke (1934: 16–17) counseled,
Go into yourself. Investigate the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write. This above all: ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: must I write? Delve into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be affirmative, if you may meet this earnest question ...