Place in Research
Theory, Methodology, and Methods
Routledge – 2014 – 144 pages
Bridging environmental and Indigenous studies and drawing on critical geography, spatial theory, new materialist theory, and decolonizing theory, this dynamic volume examines the sometimes overlooked significance of place in social science research. There are often important divergences and even competing logics at work in these areas of research, some which may indeed be incommensurable. This volume explores how researchers around the globe are coming to terms - both theoretically and practically - with place in the context of settler colonialism, globalization, and environmental degradation. McKenzie and Tuck outline a trajectory of critical place inquiry that not only furthers empirical knowledge, but ethically imagines new possibilities for collaboration and action.
Critical place inquiry can involve a range of research methodologies; this volume argues that what matters is how the chosen methodology engages conceptually with place in order to mobilize methods that enable data collection and analyses which address place explicitly and politically. Unlike other approaches which attempt to superficially tag on Indigenous concerns, decolonizing conceptualizations of land and place and Indigenous methods are central, not peripheral, to practices of critical place inquiry.
Chapter 1: Introduction
PART I: Why Critical Place Inquiry: The Contexts of Research
Chapter 2: Theoretical and Political Contexts
Chapter 3: Conceptualizing Place
Chapter 4: Researching Place Critically
Part II: What Can be Done with Research: Critical Place Inquiry as Public Scholarship
Chapter 5: Evidence and Critical Place Legitimacy
Chapter 6: Critical Place Inquiry as Decolonization
Chapter 7: Critical Place Inquiry and Environmental Sustainability
Part III: How to do Critical Place Inquiry: Research Methodologies and Methods
Chapter 8: Research as Relation
Chapter 9: Critical Place Methodologies
Chapter 10: Place Methods
Marcia McKenzie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Director of the Sustainability Education Research Institute at the University of Saskatchewan.
Eve Tuck is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Coordinator of Native American Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz.