By Basil Gomez, John Paul Jones III
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For many physical processes, explanation is of a “necessary” type: the causal powers operated the same from one place to another. For social relations, the mechanisms for causing change are usually contingent, or context specific. Paying attention to contingent contexts, including the different spaces in which things happen, requires in-depth case study. Social structures and mechanisms are differentiated across local and global contexts. Poststructuralism: “interrogating the production and import of spatial discourses” Discourses – the socially constructed ways we have to describe the world – name or “fix” the character of phenomena as well as the boundaries between the insane and rational, the possible and the impossible.
Time, for example, is generally conceived of as a linear progression – past, present, and future. At any moment time situates individuals, society, and elements of nature. It is through this sense of time that our understanding of causality among the world’s elements is established, for it is inconceivable that something in the present or future could cause something in the past (though predictions in the past or the present about possible futures may cause us to act differently at the time). Likewise, elements of the world are also generally considered to be locatable within two and three-dimensional space.
In turn, belief systems, language, and social groups and the family – however defined – might be described as subcomponents of society or culture. In either case the researcher is recounting what are thought to be the essential properties of the world. In the process, what tends to happen is that we establish a series of differences between things that are thought to be profound in the sense that they separate out incompatible characteristics. Because a particular phenomenon is natural, for example, it cannot by default be social; because a something is a plant, it cannot be an animal and so on.
Research Methods in Geography: A Critical Introduction (Critical Introductions to Geography) by Basil Gomez, John Paul Jones III