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Visually available order, categorisation practices, and perception-in-action: a running commentary

Smith, Robin ORCID: 2019. Visually available order, categorisation practices, and perception-in-action: a running commentary. Visual Studies 34 (1) , pp. 28-40. 10.1080/1472586X.2019.1622445

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This article is concerned with the organisation of visual order, and seeing and perception in embodied activity. More specifically, it describes how perception gets done in the work of running through a city centre. The article centers upon a ‘self-reflexive’ or ‘auto-ethnomethodological’ analysis of a transcribed commentary and video footage, produced by a runner (the author) wearing a chest-mounted camera. The article critically revisits two articles published in this journal – the first, an ethnomethodological treatment of visually available order during a walk to the supermarket (Hester and Francis, 2003); the second an ‘auto-ethnographic’ treatment of distance runner’s vision (Hockey and Collinson, 2006). In returning to these two articles, this article is especially concerned with the categorisational grounds and sequential organisation of (visual) perception and with the ways in which ‘observing’ and ‘describing’ are done in ways relevant for and tied to the contingencies of a given task. That is to say that, that which is available as seeable is a continual, local, and practical accomplishment not of a generic, detached, ‘observer’ but as realised in and through specific activities; ‘perception-in-action’. In this sense, the article aims to further the contribution of those previous articles by paying a closer attention to the doing of perception whilst running.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1472-586X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 30 November 2018
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 07:10

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