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Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction

Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction

Basil Gomez (Editor) , John Paul Jones III (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-32773-1

Jun 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

480 pages



This comprehensive textbook offers a conceptual and practical introduction to research methodology, data collection, and techniques used in both human and physical geography.
  • Explores a full range of contemporary geographic techniques, including statistics, mathematical analysis, GIS, and remote sensing
  • Unique in both content and organization, it brings together a team of internationally recognized specialists to create a balanced approach between physical geography, human geography, and research techniques
  • Includes a series of foundational chapters offering multiple perspectives on the central questions in research methods
  • Examines the conceptual frameworks and practical issues behind data acquisition and analysis, and how to interpret results
  • Includes explanations of key terminology and exercises throughout
List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Boxes.

List of Exercises.

Notes on Contributors.


1 Introduction (John Paul Jones III and Basil Gomez).

Part I Theory and Methodology.

2 Theorizing Our World (Ian Graham Ronald Shaw, Deborah P. Dixon, and John Paul Jones III).

3 Observing Our World (Bruce L. Rhoads and David Wilson).

4 Measurement and Interpretation (Sent Visser and John Paul Jones III).

5 Operational Decisions (Andrew Herod and Kathleen C. Parker).

6 Sampling Our World (Ryan R. Jensen and J. Matthew Shumway).

Part II Collecting Data.

7 Physical Landscapes (Michael J. Crozier, Ulrike Hardenbicker, and Basil Gomez).

8 Climates (Julie A. Winkler).

9 Vegetation (Thomas W. Gillespie and Glen M. MacDonald).

10 Remote Sensing (Douglas A. Stow).

11 Secondary Data (Kevin St Martin and Marianna Pavlovskaya).

12 Social Surveys, Interviews, and Focus Groups (Anna J. Secor).

13 Ethnography and Participant Observation (Debbie Allsop, Hannah Allen, Helen Clare, Ian Cook, Hayley Raxter, Christina Upton, and Alice Williams).

14 Cultural Landscapes (Richard H. Schein).

15 Human-Environment Field Study (Paul F. Robbins).

Part III Representing and Analyzing.

16 Maps and Diagrams (Stephen P. Hanna).

17 Descriptive Statistics (Sent Visser and John Paul Jones III).

18 Explanatory Statistics (Sent Visser and John Paul Jones III).

19 Mathematical Analysis (Sandra Lach Arlinghaus).

20 Regional Analysis (Gordon F. Mulligan).

21 Modeling (Yvonne Martin and Stefania Bertazzon).

22 Geographic Information Systems (Michael F. Goodchild).

23 Analyzing Meaning (Deborah P. Dixon).

Part IV Obligations.

24 The Politics and Ethics of Research (David M. Smith).

25 Writing It Up (Dydia DeLyser).