Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction

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Basil Gomez, John Paul Jones, III
John Wiley & Sons, May 17, 2010 - Science - 480 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Observing Our World
26
Measurement and Interpretation
41
Operational Decisions
60
Sampling Our World
77
Physical Landscapes
93
Vegetation
137
Remote Sensing
155
Maps and Diagrams
259
Descriptive Statistics
279
Explanatory Statistics
297
Mathematical Analysis
315
Regional Analysis
335
Modeling
354
Geographic Information Systems
376
Analyzing Meaning
392

Secondary Data
173
Social Surveys Interviews and Focus Groups
194
Ethnography and Participant Observation
206
Cultural Landscapes
222
HumanEnvironment Field Study
241
The Politics and Ethics of Research
411
Writing It Up
424
Glossary
437
Index
451
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Basil Gomez is an Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Geography Compass. He has published widely across a number of journals.

John Paul Jones III is Professor of Geography and Director of the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was the co-founder and co-director of the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky, where he taught from 1986 to 2003. He is co-editor of the journal Dialogues in Human Geography.

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