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Creative Methods for Human Geographers

Creative Methods for Human Geographers

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January 2021 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Introducing a broad range of innovative and creative qualitative methods, this accessible book shows you how to use them in research project while providing straightforward advice on how to approach every step of the process; from planning and organisation to writing up and disseminating research, offering

  • Demonstration of creative methods using both primary or secondary data.
  • Practical guidance on overcoming common hurdles like getting ethical clearance and conducting a risk assessment.
  • Encouragement to reflect critically on the processes involved in research.

The authors provide a complete toolkit for conducting research in this field, while ensuring the most cutting-edge methods are unintimidating to the reader.

Part I: Preparing to research
Nadia von Benzon, Mark Holton, Catherine Wilkinson and Samantha Wilkinson
Chapter 1: Introduction
John Horton
Chapter 2: Centring reflexivity, positionality and autoethnographic practices in creative research
Chris Philo, Louise Boyle and Mark Lucherini
Chapter 3: Researching ‘our’ people and researching ‘other’ people
Sarah Marie Hall, Gemma Sou and Laura Pottinger
Chapter 4: Ethical considerations in creative research: Design, delivery and dissemination
Tracy Hayes
Chapter 5: The practicalities of researching creatively
Part II: Creative and innovative methods
Noora Pyyry, Markus Hilander and Sirpa Tani
Chapter 6: Photography and photo elicitation as visual methods
Helena Pimlott-Wilson and Jo Hickman-Dunne
Chapter 7: Moodboards and LEGO: Principles and practice in social research
Amy Mulvenna and Chris Perkins
Chapter 8: Creative approaches to mapping
Robin Kearns, Kyle Eggleton, Annie van der Plas and Tara Coleman
Chapter 9: Drawing and graffiti-based approaches
Geraint Rhys Whittaker and Kimberley Peters
Chapter 10: Research with sound: An audio guide
Mark Riley, Jennifer Turner, Sam Hayes and Kimberley Peters
Chapter 11: Mobile interviews by land, air and sea
Morag Rose and Jane Samuels
Chapter 12: Psychogeography and urban exploration
Cassie Ogden and Katherine Harrison
Chapter 13: Crafting
Sofie Narbed
Chapter 14: Creative performance and practice
Nichola Harmer
Chapter 15: Working with literary texts
Gabriel Eshun and Clare Madge
Chapter 16: Poetic methods
Gerraint Rhys Whittaker and Kimberley Peters
Chapter 17: Research music: listening and composing
Laura Fenton and Signe Ravn
Chapter 18: Working creatively with biographies and life histories
Mike Duggan
Chapter 19: Mobile technology, spatial and locative media
Jamie Halliwell and Samantha Wilkinson
Chapter 20: Mobile phones, text messaging and social media
Mark Holton
Chapter 21: Creating and reappropriating apps
Phil Jones and Tess Osborne
Chapter 22: Gaming and VR in geographical research
Thomas Aneurin Smith and Ria Ann Dunkley
Chapter 23: Video ethnography
Matthew F. Rech
Chapter 24: Creative research in and with archives
Catherine Wilkinson and Nadia von Benzon
Chapter 25: Selecting and analysing publicly-generated online content
Francesca Church, Hilary Geoghegan and Rhi Smith
Chapter 26: Curation as method
Part III: Handling creative data
Nadia von Benzon and Kimberley O’Sullivan
Chapter 27: Analyzing messy data
Pearlin Teow and Mark Holton
Chapter 28: Showcasing creative methods in your dissertation research
Catherine Wilkinson with Matthew Benwell, Bernie Carter, Lorna Brooks, Andy Davies, Bethan Evans, Sergio A. Silverio and Greg Thomas
Chapter 29: Creative dissemination

This exciting volume shows how students, and anyone else, can tap into the wealth of new technologies available today along with their own creativity to produce different kinds of research projects that account for a diverse and dynamic world. 

Russell Prince
Massey University

This collection does two main things. Firstly, it invigorates methodological discussion in Human Geography by bringing together an exciting range of new approaches which will inspire (as well as guide) students through their research adventures. Secondly, it provides an in depth revision of some more familiar methods, through exciting updates and empirical examples. 

Michael Joseph Richardson
Newcastle University

The title itself produces high expectations that are fully met. This book reflects the current debates about methods in geography in the context of cultural turn, postmodern identities, othering, positionality and research ethics, creatively implements them and promotes methodical innovation within the geographical application of methods.

Jeannine Wintzer
Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland
Geographica Helvetica, the Swiss Journal of Geography

Nadia von Benzon

Nadia von Benzon is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Lancaster University with particular interest in the social geographies of childhood, youth and motherhood, and in disability and health geography and therapeutic landscapes. She recently edited the volumes Intersectionality and Difference in Childhood and Youth: Global Perspectives with Catherine Wilkinson, published in Routledge’s Spaces of Childhood and Youth series. Nadia is currently writing up recent research in the area of children’s historical geography exploring Victorian reformatory farms and child migration to New Zealand and embarking in online research exploring birth... More About Author

Mark Holton

Mark Holton is a social and cultural geographer at the University of Plymouth. His research interests address the geographies of higher education students and focuses on mobility, belonging and identity. Mark’s publications have covered a range of topics, from mobilities and belonging in 21st Century higher education, to youth transitions, international student mobility and traditional or non-traditional student identities. He recently co-authored a book entitled Everyday Mobile Belonging: Theorising Higher Education Student Mobilities (Bloomsbury Academic). More About Author

Catherine Wilkinson

Catherine Wilkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Liverpool John Moores University. Catherine works at the intersection of a range of research approaches, including: mixed methods, ethnographic and participatory research. Catherine’s primary research interests are children’s health experiences; young people and identity; community radio; and innovative methods. Catherine has an established reputation for making cutting-edge contributions, conceptually and methodologically, to research ‘with’ children and young people and uses this research to inspire teaching she delivers. More About Author

Samantha Wilkinson

Samantha Wilkinson is a senior lecturer in Childhood, Youth and Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Samantha has written extensively of a range of themes including children and young people’s geographies and mobilities; young men’s performances of masculinities; home care for people with dementia; animal geographies; and home sharing network Airbnb. Through the research she conducts she uses innovative methodological approaches, including: joint ethnography; diaries; drawing elicitation interviews; mobile phone methods; and (auto)ethnography.  More About Author

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