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Fieldwork for Human Geography

Fieldwork for Human Geography

March 2012 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book encourages students to critically engage with the reasons for doing fieldwork and what they can get out, explains methods and contexts, and links the fieldwork with wider academic topics. It looks beyond the contents of research projects and field visits to address the wider experience of fieldwork: working in groups; understanding your ethical position; and opening your eyes, ears and minds to the wider possibilities of your trip.

Throughout the book, the authors present first person descriptions of field experiences and predicaments, written by fieldtrip leaders and students from around the world including the U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Singapore, and South Africa.

Introduction: Fieldwork for Human Geographers
Getting the Most out of Fieldwork
Justifying the Cost: Your Degree and Your Job Prospects
Before You Go: Research Design and Preparation
Ethics: Positioning Yourself and Encountering Others
Working in Groups and Travelling Together
Reading the Landscape: Describing and Interpreting Field Sites
Interviewing for Fieldwork
Participant Observation and Participatory Geographies
How to Be an Explorer: Rediscovering Your Curiosity

There are a lot of books about fieldwork in human geography. I think this one is really amazing, because it presents the content in a simple and activating way. German books on the topic are usually structured a bit differently, and my students enjoyed this approach to learn about fieldwork.
I would always recommend it as a first read.

Dr Torsten Wißmann
Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
August 25, 2012

A really worthwhile text which fills a gap in the market unlike others. The chapters on relating fieldwork to skills and job prospects is particularly useful and timely when we need to be arguing for the relevance of taking a Geography degree. The methods and contexts section is also extremely creative and innovative

Dr Matt Benwell
School of Environmental Science, Liverpool University
August 17, 2012

Very happy with the book. It will be essential reading on a series of our bachelor courses (Human Geography) and master (Cultural Geography)

Mr Peter Groote
Geography , Groningen University (RuG)
July 11, 2012

Phillips and Johns show the importance of fieldwork in geographical research. Their book gives an answer to many urgent questions appearing during the preparation and execution of fieldwork beginning with the importance of the formulation of a research design. It is an inspiring book not only recommendable for bachelor or MA students but also for PhD students and researchers doing fieldwork.

Dr Tobias Boos
Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
July 9, 2012

cover this field afresh as a textbook and fillign a key gap

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
July 3, 2012

I recommended this book as an introduction to empirical work as it offers a simple, easy to read overview.

Mr Frederick Massmann
Department of Geography, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
May 3, 2012

Very thoughtful piece of work! Could become a classic for undergrads. It seems to be published under some pressure, for there are some typos who shouldn't be in such a book. I'm looking forward to the publication of a second edition without these annoying spelling problems... Maybe one or two thought could be spared to the old fashioned design which most of my students did not like...

Dr Stefan Zimmermann
Geography, University of Osnabruck
May 2, 2012

Finally, the kind of book many of us have been waiting for.

Dr Amini Kamete
Geography , Bangor University
April 30, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips is Professor in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield.  More About Author

Jennifer Johns

Dr Jennifer Johns is Lecturer in Organization and Management at the University of Liverpool.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9780857025876