Academic journal article Geography

Research and Fieldwork in Development

Academic journal article Geography

Research and Fieldwork in Development

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Research and Fieldwork in Development Daniel Hammett, Chasca Twyman and Mark Graham Abingdon: Routiedge, 2015 336pp, 17.5x24.5cm Pb: £29.99, ISBN 978-0415-82957-1

Methodological and philosophical issues of fieldwork, research and its analysis have generated much discourse for social sciences in recent years. This spans from questions of positionality and standpoint emanating from powerful challenges posed by, for example, women's studies, development studies and postcolonial literature. In other words, doing research is not just a matter of 'objective', context-neutral data collection and interpretation. Instead, data are in fact heavily value-laden and require a discussion on built-in assumptions both in their collection and interpretation.

Many teachers of geography and development studies often do not enter into philosophical debates when teaching research methods and research analysis. An easier focus is on methodological tools which can be applied universally, rather than the contextspecific realities of developing countries which can include poverty, injustice and inequality. …

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