This paper evaluates a fieldwork exercise which introduced a postgraduate student to observation as a qualitative method of analysing the use of public space. The exercise involved investigating whether or not there is any spatial, temporal, demographic, social or gender specificity in the use of this kind of public space, and was undertaken in three squares in Sant Cugat del Valles in April 1994. Special attention was paid to the study of gender differences. Overall results showed that all these characteristics have an influence on the use of space. However, gender issues would involve complementing observation methodology with other qualitative methods, such as in-depth interviews or questionnaires, but that these neither invalidate nor replace observation analysis.
|Journal||Documents d'Analisi Geografica|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1996|