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Taking live methods slowly: inhabiting the social world through dwelling, doodling, and describing

Quinn, Katherine 2021. Taking live methods slowly: inhabiting the social world through dwelling, doodling, and describing. Qualitative Research 10.1177/14687941211012222

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Abstract

This article contributes to literatures on sociological by advocating for ‘playing’ with the concept of slow methods. Slow methods include a reflexive disposition towards the unfolding of social life in ordinary spaces (dwelling), the use of drawing as an embodied tool for understanding this unfolding (doodling) and the combination of these approaches into writing which deliberately seeks to evoke the liveness of the social world (describing). It draws on an ethnography of a joint-use public-academic library and several scenes selected from its fieldwork. I make three arguments: first, I argue for analogue methods to compliment digitally focussed live methods. Second, I explore the value of slow methods for being drawn into a scene and drawn to see its micro-happenings, particularly in spaces where the social world unfolds in mundane and uneven ways. Third, I argue the approach allows ‘shy researchers’ to engage attentively and reflexively in the field.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1468-7941
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 May 2021
Date of Acceptance: 1 April 2021
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 15:24
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/141056

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