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Volume 2

Worlds in Motion

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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 Published (May 2017)

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“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
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


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