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The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Geography

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Geography

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November 2009 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Exploring the dynamic growth, change, and complexity of qualitative research in human geography, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Geography brings together leading scholars in the field to examine its history, assess the current state of the art, and project future directions.

"In its comprehensive coverage, accessible text, and range of illustrative studies, past and present, the Handbook has established an impressive new standard in presenting qualitative methods to geographers."
David Ley, University of British Columbia

Moving beyond textbook rehearsals of standard issues, the Handbook shows how empirical details of qualitative research can be linked to the broader social, theoretical, political, and policy concerns of qualitative geographers and the communities within which they work. The book is organized into three sections:

  • Part I: Openings engages the history of qualitative geography, and details the ways that research, and the researcher's place within it, are conceptualized within broader academic, political, and social currents.
  • Part II: Encounters and Collaborations describes the different strategies of inquiry that qualitative geographers use, and the tools and techniques that address the challenges that arise in the research process.
  • Part III: Making Sense explores the issues and processes of interpretation, and the ways researchers communicate their results.

Retrospective as well as prospective in its approach, this is geography's first peer-to-peer engagement with qualitative research detailing how to conceive, carry out and communicate qualitative research in the twenty-first century. Suitable for postgraduate students, academics, and practitioners alike, this is the methods resource for researchers in human geography.

Dydia DeLyser et al
Introduction: Engaging Qualitative Geography
Dydia DeLyser
Meghan Cope
A History of Qualitative Research in Geography
Stuart C Aitken
'Throwntogetherness': Encounters with Difference and Diversity
Steve Herbert
A Taut Rubber Band: Theory and Empirics in Qualitative Geographic Research
Kari B Jensen and Amy K Glasmeier
Policy, Research Design and the Socially Situated Researcher
Sarah Elwood
Mixed Methods: Thinking, Doing and Asking in Multiple Ways
Steve Herbert
Annette Watson and Karen E Till
Ethnography and Participant Observation
David Butz
Autoethnography as Sensibility
Linda McDowell
Interviewing: Fear and Liking in the Field
Peter Jackson and Polly Russell
Life History Interviewing
Fernando J Bosco and Thomas Herman
Focus Groups as Collaborative Research Performances
Mike Crang
Visual Methods and Methodologies
Nancy Duncan and James Duncan
Doing Landscape Interpretation
Hayden Lorimer
Caught in the Nick of Time: Archives and Fieldwork
Jason Dittmer
Textual and Discourse Analysis
Stuart C Aitken and Mei-Po Kwan
GIS as Qualitative Research: Knowledge, Participatory Politics and Cartographies of Affect
Mona Seymour and Jennifer Wolch
'A Little Bird Told Me ...': Approaching Animals through Qualitative Methods
J D Dewsbury
Performative, Non-Representational and Affect-Based Research: Seven Injunctions
Mike Crang
Dydia DeLyser
Writing Qualitative Geography
Sara MacKian
The Art of Geographic Interpretation
Garth Myers
Representing the Other: Negotiating the Personal and the Political
Paul Routledge
Major Disasters and General Panics: Methodologies of Activism, Affinity and Emotion in the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army
Deborah G Martin
Reflections on Teaching Qualitative Methods in Geography

[The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Geography] demystifies the complexities that surround qualitative work in the field and is an important addition on the shelves of geography books. This timely publication is indicative of the maturity of qualitative research within the community of geographers. By assembling the work of leading geographers who have chosen qualitative methods as a key means to accomplish their research, this volume also forwards dialogue between geographers and their colleagues in the humanities and other social sciences. It is a high-level, interesting and well-read book that will benefit graduates students, academics and practitioners. It is highly recommended for scholars in the various fields of human geography
Orna Blumen
Geography Research Forum

In its comprehensive coverage, accessible text, and range of illustrative studies, past and present, the Handbook has established an impressive new standard in presenting qualitative methods to geographers
David Ley
University of British Columbia

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