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Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography

Fifth Edition

Edited by Iain Hay and Meghan Cope

Publication Date - 29 March 2021

ISBN: 9780199034215

536 pages

In Stock


Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography is a practical, in-depth guide to understanding and conducting qualitative research in human geography. Reflecting both established and modern methods and written by some of the most authoritative voices in the discipline, the text teaches students how to plan, execute, interpret, and effectively communicate qualitative research. Organized into three parts, the fifth edition is a comprehensive, engaging resource for both students and new researchers in the field. The new edition brings on Meghan Cope as co-editor and has been revised to maintain its twenty-chapter length while also retaining its comprehensive but succinct coverage of the field. All revised chapters have been carefully updated with fresh references and a look at new issues and technologies in the field that have arisen in the past five years. Several chapters have been revised significantly by a new, invigorated group of authors, and features a wholly new addition on solicited journals and narrative maps. All seven of the new authors in this edition are women and/or scholars of colour, and there is rich topical diversity in their work, particularly an emphasis on social justice, Indigenous issues, and matters of race/racism.


  • Fully updated with current relevant research and examples of the most current qualitative methodologies, giving students access to the latest information in the field.
  • Five new chapters expose students to revisited or wholly new coverage on key topics such as cross-cultural research (Ch. 3), research proposals (Ch. 5), participant observation (Ch. 8), oral histories (Ch. 10), and solicited journals and narrative mapping (Ch. 14).
  • A more diverse group of contributors, with all seven of the authors new to this edition being women and/or people of colour, provides students with richer topical diversity and, particularly an emphasis on social justice, Indigenous issues, and matters of race/racism.
  • A focus on the actual practice of research in human geography helps students to grasp complex concepts and apply them to their own work.
  • Review questions and short exercises included at the end of every chapter, allow students to practice what they have learned and serve as teaching points to promote discussion and engage students in their learning.

About the Author(s)

Iain Hay, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University,Meghan Cope, Professor, Department of Geography, The University of Vermont

Iain Hay is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Geography in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University. He is former foundation Dean (Education) for the College. Iain is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently Vice-President of the International Geographical Union.

Meghan Cope is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont, US. Her work has always blended qualitative research with a sustained interest in "the everyday", particularly for marginalized groups.

Table of Contents

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    PART I: Introducing Qualitative Research
    1. Where Are We Now? Qualitative Research in Human Geography, Meghan Cope and Iain Hay
    2. Power, Subjectivity, and Ethics in Qualitative Research, John Paul Catungal and Robyn Dowling
    3. Reaching Out: Cross-cultural research, Mabel Gergan and Sara Smith
    4. Empowering Methodologies: Feminist and Indigenous Approaches, Jay T. Johnson and Clare Madge
    5. Writing a Compelling Research Proposal, Hilda E. Kurtz
    6. Rigorous and Trustworthy: Qualitative Research Design, Elaine Stratford and Matt Bradshaw
    PART II: Talking, Watching, Text, and Context: The Scope and Practices of Qualitative Research in Geography
    7. Case Studies in Qualitative Research, Jamie Baxter
    8. "Placing" Participant Observation, Annette Watson
    9. Engaging Interviews, Kevin Dunn
    10. Listening Sensitively: Oral Histories, Darius Scott
    11. Focusing on the Focus Group, Jenny Cameron
    12. From Dusty to Digital: Archival Research, Michael Roche
    13. Using Questionnaires in Qualitative Human Geography, Pauline M. McGuirk and Phillip O'Neill
    14. "Where I Went Today...": Solicited Journals and Narrative Mapping, Sarah Turner
    15. Emerging Digital Geographies, Jamie Winders
    16. Participatory Action Research: Collaboration and Empowerment, Sara Kindon
    PART III: Making Sense of Your Data: Co-producing Geographic Knowledge and Sharing with the World
    17. Revealing the Construction of Social Realities: Foucauldian Discourse Analysis, Gordon Waitt
    18. Organizing, Coding, and Analyzing Qualitative Data, Meghan Cope
    19. Constructing Meaningful Geographical Knowledges, Writing Qualitative Geographies, Juliana Mansvelt and Lawrence D. Berg
    20. Small Stories, Big Impact: Communicating Qualitative Research to Wider Audiences, Dydia DeLyser and Eric Pawson

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