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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)

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“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
Area:

LC: GN345 .M485 201

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC019000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Methodology

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JFFM Social mobility




Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements

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
Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch

Chapter 2. Inventorying Mobility: Methodology on Wheels

Hege Høyer Leivestad

Chapter 3. Becoming, There? In Pursuit of Mobile Methods
Chris Vasantkumar

Chapter 4. From Radar Systems to Rickety Boats: Borderline Ethnography in Europe’s ‘Illegality Industry’
Ruben Andersson

Chapter 5. Idleness as Method: Hairdressers and Chinese Urban Mobility in Tokyo
Jamie Coates

Chapter 6. Meeting a Friend of a Friend: Snowballing with Mr. Hansen in Naples
Hans Lucht

Chapter 7. ‘Being There Where?’ Designing Digital-Visual Methods for Moving With/In Iran
Shireen Walton

Chapter 8. Fixating a Fluid Field: Photography as Anthropology in Migration Research
Christian Vium

Afterword: Im/mobile Method/ologies
Simone Abram

Index

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