Walking as Method: Toward Methodological Forthrightness and Comparability in Urban Geographical Research

Joseph Pierce, Mary Lawhon

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Abstract

Qualitative urban geographical research should explicitly acknowledge insights gained from walking (the iterative exploration and observation of cities on foot), which enhances local literacy and enables researchers to compare methods more explicitly. Some urban geographers might use walking as a method, but it is rarely reported in published scholarship. This article argues for the explicit inclusion of walking in methodological reporting for urban research. We suggest that reporting the walking that researchers do adds rigor to research findings and should be distinguished from research where this practice is absent, we report on international experiences using walking in combination with other methods, and we conclude with a proposal for comparable urban geographic walking practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-662
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume67
Issue number4
Early online date29 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • qualitative methods
  • qualitative validity
  • urban geography
  • walking

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