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Remarks from a lost engagement with the engaging ordinariness of parkour

Smith, Robin ORCID: 2019. Remarks from a lost engagement with the engaging ordinariness of parkour. Smith, Robin James and Delamont, Sara, eds. The Lost Ethnographies: Methodological Insights from Projects that Never Were, Vol. 17. Studies in Qualitative Methodology, Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 31-45.

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In this chapter the author discusses some insights lost in a lost ethnomethodological study of parkour. The author introduces parkour, before critically engaging with some of the existing theoretical treatments of the practice. The author then considers some of the materials drawn on by those existing studies in reconsidering what is getting done in ‘parkour talk’. In further outlining what was lost, the author considers some of the aspects of the study that would have positioned parkour in terms of its engaging ordinariness. The chapter concludes with a summary of these avenues of inquiry and closes with a plea for the continued recognition of basic social inquiry and ethnography.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
ISBN: 9781787147744
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 February 2019
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 13:13

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