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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 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (May 2017)
ISBN 978-1-78920-060-7 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Published (October 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-481-8 eBook
“I recommend this book to anyone interested in the field of mobilities and in particular to ethnographers of movement to all of them really, not only to the ones more aligned with anthropology. Also, my bet is that a volume such as this has the potential to become an important handbook for all graduate students chasing after mobile fields and the realms of movement.” • Anthropos
“This timely book provides welcome material for reflection on classic, contemporary and future research practices, particularly for anthropologists due to its engagement with the distinctive history of the discipline. The chapters can be read independently, which make them attractive readings for any methodology class. Considering the central role of mobility in ethnographic research, an argument put forward very convincingly in the book, one would hope that these conversations on mobility and anthropology will soon be integrated within the conventional methodology handbooks.” • Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale
“A treasury of rich insights into methods on the move that will inspire a new generation of mobility researchers in our burgeoning field.” • Nick van Hear, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
“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.
Subject: General Anthropology General Mobility Studies Theory & Methodology in Anthropology
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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