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Description - Practising Human Geography by Paul J. Cloke

Practising Human Geography provides a critical introduction to recent disciplinary debates about the practise of human geography, examining those methods and practices which are integral to 'doing' geography. Paul Cloke introduces the core issues that inform research design and practise in the discipline in this systematic, comprehensive and pedagogic volume. The book, organized into two main sections, offers a theoretically-informed reflection on the construction and interpretation of geographical data. It is framed by an historical overview of how ideas of practising human geography have changed. Section one examines pre-constructed data from official and non-official sources and constructed data from fieldwork. Section two reviews four interpretive strategies: ordering and sorting; enumeration and the use of numerical methods; 'scientific' explanation and analysis; understanding - informed by thinking in the humanities and cultural studies; Illustrated with approximately 35 tables and figures, the text is punctuated by bibliographically referenced text boxes offering definitions of key terms.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761973003
ISBN-10: 0761973001
Format: Paperback
(242mm x 170mm x mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 21-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul J. Cloke

Ian is a cultural geographer with longstanding interests in material geographies, multi-sited ethnographic research, connective aesthetics and critical pedagogy. He combines these in/as 'follow the thing' work. In recent years he has added to these interests new media ecology and commodity activism, after experimenting with blogging as a means to write collaboratively about the geographies of food, and with web design to create followthethings.com, a spoof online shop, resource, database and fieldsite stocked with provocative 'follow the thing' work by academics, students, filmmakers, artists, journalists and others. Within Geography at Exeter, Ian is Director of Communications and External Relations and Equality and Diversity rep. Ian is also the cultural geography editor of Geography Compass and serves on the editorial boards of Qualitative Research and Geography. He is an Associate of the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University, an academic advisory board member of Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, and a trustee of the Geographical Association. Ian often writes as 'Ian Cook et al' in order to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work. Career Ian graduated from UCL in 1986 with a BSc in Human Sciences, from the University of Kentucky in 1992 with an MA in Human Geography, and from the University of Bristol in 1997 with a PhD in Human Geography. He began his academic career at the University of Wales, Lampeter (1993-9), then worked at the University of Birmingham (1999-2007), before moving to Exeter in August 2007. Chris Philo was a Lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter, before becoming, in 1995, Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. He specialises in the history and theory of geographical thought, as well as the historical and social geographies of 'madness', 'outsiders' of all kinds and human-animal relations.

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