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On conceptualization, evidence and impact: A response to Hudson, Lagendijk and Peck

Book or journal references : Regional Studies, vol. 37, pp. 747-751 (2003).

Author(s) : Markusen , A.

Abstract :

Contemporary human geographers must work to clarify and translate new critical theory insights for a broader audience. Better evidence will both strengthen the theory-building exercise and render our insights more powerful in the real world of policy and action. In response to the critics of my original 'fuzzy concepts' paper, I welcome their several contributions the case for fuzziness as a tactical move, the need for subtle rather than grand critique and the means for strengthening qualitative research methods. I pose three further questions. Who is welcomed and/or excluded as participants in the dialogue? What is the usefulness of the deductive/inductive distinction? Is there a quantitative/qualitative divide? I argue for engaging additional academic and lay participants and for moving beyond the fetishism of the two methodological dualisms.


Keywords :

regional concepts; methodology; regional policy

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