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 Taut Rubber Band: Theory and Empirics in Qualitative Geographic Research

A taut rubber band: Theory and empirics in qualitative geographic research


A mother of a ‘disappeared’ young man marches in a Buenos Aires plaza. A student activist confronts a tank in a Beijing public square. A group of citizens mobilizes to rename a city street for an iconic figure. A parishoner makes the sign of the cross upon entering church. A police officer increases his potential mobility by releasing his seat belt as his patrol car enters a neighborhood he considers violent.

Each of these incidents illustrates a core assumption of the discipline of human geography: that spatial context matters to the conduct of social action. In each of these scenarios, location shapes how individuals behave. ...

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