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.

A History of Qualitative Research in Geography1

A history of qualitative research in geography

In one sense the documented history of qualitative research in geography starts in 1988, with the publication of John Eyles’ and David M. Smith's Qualitative Methods in Human Geography, the first book to explicitly focus solely on this topic. Indeed, the past twenty years (and especially the past ten) have been remarkably productive, with geographers generating more qualitative work and more discussion of qualitative methods than ever before and doing so in increasingly critical, reflexive ways. The rich variety of qualitative geography produced in the past two decades both inspired this volume and is represented here; however, it does not sufficiently constitute a broader history of qualitative research in geography. In fact, ...

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