Further Reading

Further reading links to supplement your studies.

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  • The edited volume Practising the Archive (Gagen et al. 2007) provides a series of reflections on archival research, including the use of urban plans, sound recordings, diaries, and books, and theory.
    Gagen, E., Lorimer, L,. and Vasudevan, A. (eds), Practising the Archive: Reflections on Method and Practice in Historical Geography, London: Royal Geographical Society (Historical Geography Research Group Series; no. 40)
  • Hayden Lorimer (2009) provides a very readable account of archival methods and the need to improvise and make-do in historical research.
    Lorimer, H. (2009) ‘Caught in the nick of time: archives and fieldwork’, in D. DeLyser, S. Aitken, M.A.  Crang, S. Herbert and L. McDowell (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Human Geography. London, Sage: 248‒73.
  • Ann Stoler (2009) provides a detailed discussion of power in the archives and its implications for archival methods, from a postcolonial perspective.
    Stoler, A. (2009) Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Alison Blunt and Eleanor John’s edited special issue of Home Cultures explores historical sources and methods for approaching domestic practices.
    Blunt, A. and John, E. (2014) ‘Domestic practice in the past: historical sources and methods.’ Home Cultures 11(3): 269‒74.
  • Laura Cameron’s article provides a great discussion of activist and participatory scholarship, exploring historical research on aboriginal rights in Canada.
    Cameron, L. ‘Participation, archival activism and learning to learn’, Journal of Historical Geography 46: 99‒101.
  • Sarah Mills (2013) provides a good discussion of the opportunities for collaboration in the archives.
    Mills, S. (2013c) ‘Surprise! Public historical geographies, user engagement and voluntarism’, Area, 45: 16‒22.
  • Mark Riley and David Harvey’s (2007) special issue of Social and Cultural Geography provides a good introduction to the use of oral history in geography.
    Riley, M. and Harvey, D. (2007) ‘Talking geography: on oral history and the practice of geography’, Social and Cultural Geography, 8: 345‒51.


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