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Doing Cultural Geography : Doing Human Geography - Pamela Shurmer-Smith

Doing Cultural Geography

Doing Human Geography

By: Pamela Shurmer-Smith (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th December 2001
ISBN: 9780761965657
Number Of Pages: 248

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Doing Cultural Geography is an introduction to cultural geography that integrates theoretical discussion with applied examples. The emphasis throughout is on doing. Recognising that many undergraduates have difficulty with both theory and methods courses, the text demystifies the 'theory' informing cultural geography and encourages students to engage directly with theory in practice. It emphasises what can be done with humanist, Marxist, post-structuralist, feminist, and post-colonial theory, demonstrating that this is the best way to prompt students to engage with the otherwise daunting theoretical literature. Twenty short chapters are grouped into five sections on Theory, Topic Selection, Methodology, Interpretation and Presentation. The main text is intercut with questions, suggestions for activities and short sample extracts from scholarly texts, chosen to exemplify the subject of the chapter and to stimulate further reading. Chapters conclude with glossaries and suggestions for further reading.

Doing Cultural Geography will facilitate project work from small, classroom-based activities to the planning stages of undergraduate research projects. It will be essential reading for students in modules in cultural geography and foundation courses in human geography and theory and methods.

`This is a much-needed introduction to the practice of cultural geography which demystifies the research process and enriches our understanding and experience of the world. Written with conviction and good humour, Doing Cultural Geography is a hands-on guide that students will love, taking them through the various stages of selecting a topic, drawing on different theoretical frameworks to ask rigorous research questions, choosing appropriate methods, putting them into practice, interpreting the results and writing them up. Drawing on the authors' own research, Doing Cultural Geography is an invitation to take the insights of cultural geography beyond the classroom and to use of experience of everyday life to enrich the research process. It is an invitation that readers will find hard to resist' - Professor Peter Jackson, University of Sheffield

Introduction
Theory into Practice
The Trouble with Theory
Humanistic and Behaviouralist Geography
Marx and After
Poststructuralist Cultural Geography
Feminist Cultural Geography
Postcolonial Geographies
Doing It
Selecting Topics for Study
Methods and Methodology
Extensive Methods
Using Secondary Data
Using Archives
Reading Texts
Participant Observation
Interviews and Focus Groups
Field Observation
Looking at Paris
Feminist Methodology
Making Sense
Coping with Archival and Textual Data
Handling Case Studies
Representation of Research
Creating a Text
Concluding Thoughts
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ISBN: 9780761965657
ISBN-10: 0761965653
Series: Doing Human Geography
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 12th December 2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Type: Abridged