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Researching the City: A Guide for Students

by Kevin Ward SAGE Publications Ltd
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This practical guide for students focuses on both the city, and the different ways academics research it.

Essential reading for any student carrying out fieldwork in urban geography, urban studies and urban sociology courses, Researching the City explains how research is done, from the original idea, to design and implementation, through to writing up and representation.

Each of the nine chapters focuses on a different method from archival to discourse analysis and questionnaires, and includes a number of aids to help students think about the content and how it relates to their own fieldwork, including real-world evidence that is used illustratively and comparatively, as well as key questions and suggestions for further reading.

Suitable for students of urban studies, urban geography, urban sociology and planning.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface - Kevin Ward
Designing an Urban Research Project - Kevin Ward
Archival Research - Stephen V. Ward
Interviews - Allan Cochrane
Urban Ethnographic Research - Kate Swanson
Working in the Shadow Zones of the Urban Economies: Using Questionnaires to Reasearch Hidden Populations - Nik Theodore
Discourse and Linguistic Analysis - Annette Hastings
Using Diaries to Study Urban Worlds - Alan Latham
GIS: A Method and Practice - Matthew W. Wilson
Worlds Through Glass: Photography and Video as Geographic Method - Bradley L. Garrett
Writing Up - Kevin Ward

The book is informative and engaging, containing excellent suggestions on questionnaires, discourse analysis, and many other methods. The book is a good investment that can improve the quality of urban studies, be they academic or applied research.
Kevin is Professor of Human Geography and is the School of Environment's Director of External Relations and the Faculty's Director of cities@manchester at the University of Manchester. He is a geographical political economist with interests in urban politics and policy on the one hand, and work and employment on the other. His current work explores urban policies to see where they come from, how they travel, where they end up and what these journeys mean for the cities the policies pass through. Theoretically, this involves rethinking what is meant by ‘the urban’ in urban politics, as elements of different places are assembled and reassembled to constitute particular ‘urban’ political realms. Methodologically, this involves doing fieldwork in a range of sites inside and outside of the cities that are the objects of study, literally seeking to reveal the circuits, networks and webs in and through which policies are moved. His co-edited book (with Eugene McCann) Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age (Minnesota University Press) was published in 2011. He is currently exploring the constitution of financial 'models' that have emerged in different areas of the world and that have been circulating as a means of funding infrastructure in the current economic condition.