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Positioning place: polylogic approaches to research methodology

Anderson, Jonathan Mark ORCID:, Adey, Peter and Bevan, Paul 2010. Positioning place: polylogic approaches to research methodology. Qualitative Research 10 (5) , pp. 589-604. 10.1177/1468794110375796

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This article focuses on the difference that place makes to methodological practice. It argues, following Sin, that the spatial contexts in which methods are carried out remain ‘largely excluded from any theorization of the social construction of knowledge’ (2003: 306). Through viewing ‘place’ as both a social and a geographical entity (following Cresswell, 1996), this article argues that although the importance of social relationships in methodology is widely accepted (through, for example, processes of researcher reflexivity), the influence of the ‘where of method’ has received less attention. The article addresses this issue by arguing for the explicit consideration of the geographical dimension of place in methodology. It does so by introducing the notion of a polylogic approach to method. The polylogic approach moves away from the conventional configuration of method as a dialogue (e.g. between researcher and researched) and towards method explicitly including researcher, researched, and the geographic place of methodology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geography ; Methodology ; Place : Polylogue ; Research
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1468-7941
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:35

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