Accepted Paper:

An urban tour: sensory sociality as ethnographic method  


Sarah Pink (Monash University )

Paper long abstract:

This paper discusses how the sensory sociality of walking, photographing, and audio and video recording, alongside and in collaboration with research participants, can be productive of place-as-ethnographic knowledge. Drawing from recent academic writing on sociality, walking, sensory experience, and the production of place I will suggest how collaborative ethnographic methods that themselves are productive of what might analytically be called 'place' can be central to the generation of academic understandings of how people construct their relationships to their environments, both through practice and imagination. In doing so I reflect on a research event that was, based on my request to visit and meet relevant people in a town, but initiated and organised by the people participating in my research.

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Everyday adventures in being: experiencing the city and landscape