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Doing Sensory Ethnography

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In this important and groundbreaking book, Sarah Pink suggests re-thinking the ethnographic process through reflexive attention to what she terms the 'sensoriality' of the experience, practice, and knowledge of both researchers and those who participate in their research. The book provides an accessible analysis of the theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Sage Publications Ltd (first published July 1st 2009)
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Tara Brabazon
May 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book. I have enjoyed Sarah Pink's work in the past. Chapter six on visual ethnography is the best material in this monograph: there is engagement with Gunther Kress's concept and theory of multimodality.

The foundational argument is straight forward. Ethnographers require a multi-sensory engagement with their research environment. There must be attention to sound, vision, olfactory and touch-derived data.

The underplayed element of this book is how to structure, moderate
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Not as inspiring or practical as I had desired (sigh).
Eliot Fiend
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
crucial if you are interested in the idea of sensory ethnography, or attending more to sensory experience in doing ethnography, or thinking critically about sensory experience in relation to ethnography (like--the privileging of visual experience, timelines and examples of ethnographic fieldwork, attending to the nonvisual in meaningful ways). i got a lot from this book but more from "a different kind of ethnography," probably. ...more
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read as part of my MA thesis titled Braided Archives: cornrows as a site of diasporic transindividuation
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Perfect for an advanced undergrad or grad seminar on ethnographic methods, sensory anthropology, and/or embodiment.
Lisa Phillips
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sensory-readings
Useful book if you are looking for resources for a literature review pertaining to space, place, and ethnographic methods
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Sarah Pink is Professor in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT.

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