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

Pink, S 2008, 'An urban tour: the sensory sociality of ethnographic place-making', Ethnography, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 175-196.


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Title An urban tour: the sensory sociality of ethnographic place-making
Author(s) Pink, S
Year 2008
Journal name Ethnography
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 175
End page 196
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage Publications
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, to make and thus comprehend the places she or he seeks to analyse.
Subject Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Keyword(s) Eating
Place-making
Routes
Senses
Urban
Walking
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1466138108089467
Copyright notice © 2008 SAGE Publications
ISSN 1466-1381
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