Dr Jon Anderson - Methodology and Place

4.  Methodology and Place

My fourth area of research concerns ‘Methodology & Place’, more particularly the innovative use of qualitative methodology. Adopting ethnographic and (auto)ethnographic approaches, alongside more conventional semi-structured interviews, life histories, and field diaries, I have explored the agency of place through methodology, but also the difference that place can make to methodology. Taking seriously the agency of place to the research encounter has resulted in more appropriate exploitation of the potential of qualitative methods in the research projects outlined above, as well as a number of publications that explicitly explore this area [1, 2, 3, 4] interest has been particularly significant in the use of ‘talking whilst walking’ approaches to method [5].

  1. Anderson, J. Jones, K. 2009 The difference that place makes to methodology: uncovering the ‘lived space’ of young people’s spatial practices.  Children’s Geographies. 7 3 291- 303
  2. Anderson, J. Moles, K. 2008. Walking into Coincident Places. Qualitative Researcher. 9. 5-8
  3. Anderson, J. 2002 Researching environmental resistance: working through  Secondspace and Thirdspace approaches. Qualitative Research, 2(3), 301-322.
  4. The following paper has also been submitted in August, 2009: Anderson, J. Adey, P. and Bevan, P. Knowledge in Place: Rethinking the role of place in qualitative methodologies. Qualitative Research.
  5. Anderson, J. 2004 Talking whilst walking: a geographical archaeology of knowledge. Area,36(3), 254-261.