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.

‘Throwntogetherness’: Encounters with Difference and Diversity

‘Throwntogetherness’: Encounters with difference and diversity

[O]ne of the truly productive characteristics of material spatiality … [is] its potential for the happenstance juxtaposition of previously unrelated trajectories, the business of walking around a corner and bumping into alterity, of having (somehow, and well or badly) to get on with neighbours who have got ‘here’ … by different routes from you; your being here together is, in that sense, quite uncoordinated. This is an aspect of the productiveness of spatiality which may enable ‘something new’ to happen.

(Massey, 2005: 94)

I remember sitting in Fernanda's spotless living room surrounded by her four children, Lucy, Lilia, Marcia and Nemo.1 Fernanda is flitting in and out, offering Joel, Adriana, Janet and I café con leche. ...

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