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In-between practice: working in the 'thirdspace' of sensory and multimodal methodology

Hurdley, Rachel ORCID: and Dicks, Bella ORCID: 2011. In-between practice: working in the 'thirdspace' of sensory and multimodal methodology. Qualitative Research 11 (3) , pp. 277-292. 10.1177/1468794111399837

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This article discusses how emergent sensory and multimodal methodologies can work in interaction to produce innovative social enquiry. A juxtaposition of two research projects — an ethnography of corridors and a mixed methods study of multimodal authoring and ‘reading’ practices — opened up this encounter. Sensory ethnography within social research methods aims to create empathetic, experiential ways of knowing participants’ and researchers’ worlds. The linguistic field of multimodality offers a rather different framework for research attending to the visual, material and acoustic textures of participants’ interactions. While both these approaches address the multidimensional character of social worlds, the ‘sensory turn’ centres the sensuous, bodied person — participant, researcher and audience/reader — as the ‘place’ for intimate, affective forms of knowing. In contrast, multimodal knowledge production is premised on multiple analytic gaps — between modes and media, participants and materials, recording and representation. Eliciting the tensions between sensorial closeness and modal distances offers a new space for reflexive research practice and multiple ways of knowing social worlds.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporeality; ethics; multimodality; ethnography; materiality; multisensory methods; reflexivity; representation; research methods
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1468-7941
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:32

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