Here are examples of cultural geographic research that demonstrate both the primary methods we discussed this week - interviewing, analysis of cultural texts, and ethnography - and alternative and experimental methods.
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I. Conventional methods.
- For research based on interviews: Sarah Neal & Carol Vincent, "Multiculture, middle class competencies and friendship practices in super-diverse geographies," Social & Cultural Geography, 2013, Vol. 14, No. 8, 909-929.
- This is an example of textual analysis based on TV images: Lauren Burton & Francis L. Collins, "Mediated animal geographies: symbolism, manipulation and the imaginary in advertising," Social & Cultural Geography, 2015, Vol. 16, No. 3, 276-298.
- This is a historical project that relies on textual analysis (also, there's an Oregon connection in the research): Alan Latham, "The history of a habit: jogging as a palliative to sedentariness in 1960s America," cultural geographies 2015, Vol. 22(1) 103-126.
- This is an example of ethnographic research in geography: Celeste S. Henery, "Where They Walk: What Aging Black Women's Geographies Tell of Race, Gender, Space, and Social Transformation in Brazil," Cultural Dynamics, 23(2), 2011, 85-96.
- This article is an example of a classic triangulated case study: Anja K. Franck, "A(nother) geography of fear: Burmese labour migrants in Georgetown, Malaysia," Urban Studies, 2016, Vol. 53(15), 3206-3222.
- This article is based on a mixed methods study, and is by the author of your textbook: Jon Anderson, "Cathedrals of the surf zone: regulating access to a space of spirituality," Social & Cultural Geography, 2013, Vol. 14, No. 8, 954-972.
II. Alternative and experimental methods.
- This article is an example of digital geographies: Ruth Holliday et al, "Beautiful place, beautiful face: relational geographies and gender in cosmetic tourism websites," Gender, Place & Culture, 2015, 22:1, 90-106.
- This article is an example of research based on mobile methods: Mark Holton & Mark Riley, "Talking on the move: place-based interviewing with undergraduate students," Area, 2014, 46.1, 59-65.
- This article reports on a creative "literary-audio" work that combines interviews with music in site-specific performances: Caleb Johnston, "A Felt Geography," The Geographical Review 103 (2): 153-161, April 2013.
- This article is an example of visual methods: Claire Dwyer, "Photographing Faith in Suburbia," cultural geographies 2015, Vol. 22(3) 531-538.
- This article is an example of research that combines conventional and experimental methods (the case study is of mountain biking and walking in a national park in Scotland): Katrina M. Brown, "Leave only footprints? How traces of movement shape the appropriation of space," cultural geographies 2015, Vol. 22(4) 659-687.
- As discussed in class, some geographers have started to do work that involves direct artistic and literary practice. As an example, see this selection of poems by geographer and poet, Tim Cresswell.
And you can view part of my current creative and research project on landscapes here.