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Methodologies of Mobility
Ethnography and Experiment
Edited by Alice Elliot, Roger Norum, and Noel B. Salazar
Afterword by Simone Abram
216 pages, 17 illus., 2 figures, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-480-1 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-481-8 eBook Not Yet Published
“This book offers a thought-provoking and timely revision of anthropological methods on mobility. The focus these authors assume, fruitfully pushes and fine-tunes methodological engagements with mobility and ethnographic practice.” · Alison Macdonald, University College London
“Methodologies of Mobility is a concrete inquiry into how specific research techniques, tightly linked to research questions, can address issues regarding mobility. This work makes a valuable contribution to social science research that concerns itself with how experiences of human movement and stasis are imbued with meaning.” · Kiran C. Jayaram, York College, CUNY
Research into mobility is an exciting challenge for the social sciences that raises novel social, cultural, spatial and ethical questions. At the heart of these empirical and theoretical complexities lies the question of methodology: how can we best capture and understand a planet in flux? Methodologies of Mobility speaks beyond disciplinary boundaries to the methodological challenges and possibilities of engaging with a world on the move. With scholars continuing to face different forms and scales of mobility, this volume strategically traces innovative ways of designing, applying and reflecting on both established and cutting-edge methodologies of mobility.
Alice Elliot is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK.
Roger Norum is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, a researcher on the HERA project Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North, and co-convenor of the EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network (ANTHROMOB).
Noel B. Salazar is Research Professor in Anthropology at the University of Leuven and Founder of the EASA Anthropology and Mobility Network.
Series: Volume 2, Worlds in Motion
Subject: General Anthropology General Mobility Studies Theory & Methodology in Anthropology
LC: GN345 .M485 201
BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology
BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JFFM Social mobility
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Studying Mobilities: Theoretical Notes and Methodological Queries
Noel B. Salazar, Alice Elliot, and Roger Norum
Chapter 1. ‘Few are the Roads I Haven’t Travelled’: Mobility as Method in Early Finland-Swedish Ethnographic Expeditions
Chapter 2. Inventorying Mobility: Methodology on Wheels
Hege Høyer Leivestad
Chapter 3. Becoming, There? In Pursuit of Mobile Methods
Chapter 4. From Radar Systems to Rickety Boats: Borderline Ethnography in Europe’s ‘Illegality Industry’
Chapter 5. Idleness as Method: Hairdressers and Chinese Urban Mobility in Tokyo
Chapter 6. Meeting a Friend of a Friend: Snowballing with Mr. Hansen in Naples
Chapter 7. ‘Being There Where?’ Designing Digital-Visual Methods for Moving With/In Iran
Chapter 8. Fixating a Fluid Field: Photography as Anthropology in Migration Research
Afterword: Im/mobile Method/ologies
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