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Structuring subjectivities? Using Q methodology in human geography

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Donaldson


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This paper presents a critical and reflexive account of using Q methodology in human geography. Q methodology has a long pedigree in psychological, political and sociological research, but is only recently beginning to be used by human geographers. We discuss, in particular, the parts of the process(es) of Q methodology that are often glossed over in the literature, through reflecting on our learning in using Q within a project examining the use and production of environmental science by NGOs. We conclude that Q may be a useful supplement to existing methods in human geography, as long as it is used creatively and reflexively and with full awareness of its interpretative dimensions. © Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) 2005.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Eden S, Donaldson A, Walker G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Area

Year: 2005

Volume: 37

Issue: 4

Pages: 413-422

Print publication date: 01/12/2005

ISSN (print): 0004-0894

ISSN (electronic): 1475-4762

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2005.00641.x


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