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A highly readable and superbly fun guide to the why and how of doing fieldwork in human geography, this book offers very persuasive perspectives to its target audience - undergraduates who otherwise might just mourn about going into the "foreign" field or take the trip too lightly as a free/subsidized holiday. I recommend it highly to any geographer-wannabes and practicing-geographers. The latter group, including myself, might well rediscover the fun of doing geographyHenry YeungProfessor of Economic Geography, National University of Singapore
This is an excellent book that gives the students a good background about how to carry out an investigation in human geography. This will help them with completing their independent research investigation.
This book suites well to geography students studying human geography. This text book provides essential knowledge about fieldwork methodology in human geography. Field methods in human geography have some unique approaches, which are not seen elsewhere. Therefore, there is urgent need for special text book in fieldwork methodology in human geography. Geography in higher education expects that students are familiar with research methodology in their discipline. This text book is one way to get familiar with those methods. This text book is not comprehensive, but it is a good starting point.
An excellent book, which is particularly valued because of:
* An approach centred on doing fieldwork, as opposed individual methods chapters. This makes it much more holistic and it fills a unique gap in teaching
* It has a strong student-oriented focus.
A good text that provides a slightly different perspective on undertaking fieldwork for Human Geography. The sections on 'Reading the Landscape' and 'Interviewing for Fieldwork' were particularly illuminating.
Liked the overview at the start of chapters and the separate sections.
A little too in depth for the majority of our students who are not geog specialists, but training to lead the subject at a primary level.
Would be ideal for geog degrees.
This book provides motivated students with a great insight into how to get the most from their fieldwork. It's not just the nuts and bolts of methods but also about understanding the process.
This text has been very useful for students with limited or no prior exposure to human geography and related concepts. Very readable.
Part II is especially useful for background reading before students leave for residential fieldwork - especially chapter 6 - which I will recommend all human geography students read. I will obtain multiple copies for our library.
This is a well written text and interesting to illustrate the challenges of fieldwork in human geography. However, the text is more focused on the challenges surrounding fieldwork rather than specifying the practical methods that can be employed. It does cover some geography and qualitative methods such as interviewing and participant observation, but does lack clear guidelines. However, this is not the purpose of the text.
This book was very useful in helping me to design a lecture on alternative development theories and practices. The book will also serve to supplement further sessions on this module which will discuss these theories in more detail as the year progresses.In particular the chapters on participant observation and participant geographies neatly summarise participatory theories and cross reference a number of key authors and papers on the subject. It also helps to introduce the idea of participatory and action research which allow the reader to consider different epistemologies.
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.
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
Very happy with the book. It will be essential reading on a series of our bachelor courses (Human Geography) and master (Cultural Geography)
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.
cover this field afresh as a textbook and fillign a key gap
I recommended this book as an introduction to empirical work as it offers a simple, easy to read overview.
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...
Finally, the kind of book many of us have been waiting for.