An urban tour: The sensory sociality of ethnographic place-making

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Abstract

In this article I explore the implications of theorizing ethnographic research as a place-making process. I suggest that if ethnography can be understood as place-making then the task of the reflexive ethnographer includes seeking to understand both her or his own emplacement and how she or he is involved in the constitution of ethnographic places. Taking one research event - an urban tour - as a case study, I analyse the sensoriality and sociality of 'shared' walking, eating, drinking, imagining, photographing, and audio- and video-recording, alongside and with research participants. I argue that it is by attuning her or himself to other people's practices that the ethnographer might be able, through her or his embodied experience,
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-196
Number of pages22
JournalEthnography
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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