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In Sociology, Geography, Urban Studies and elsewhere there is heightened awareness of the importance of better understandings of a world characterized as being on the move. Recent academic attention to mobilities suggests interesting methodological questions: how do we research and represent mobile experiences: of being in place momentarily, of passing through, of being 'in-between'? Can conventional social scientific research methods that slow down and freeze experiences adequately capture mobile experiences, those practices where the context of movement itself may be crucial to understanding the significance of the event to the participant? This book examines the foundations of this perceived limitation and considers methodological responses, technologies and representational strategies designed to more fully inform our understanding of people's experience of being in and moving through space.


Description


In Sociology, Geography, Urban Studies and elsewhere there is heightened awareness of the importance of better understandings of a world characterized as being on the move. Recent academic attention to mobilities suggests interesting methodological questions: how do we research and represent mobile experiences: of being in place momentarily, of passing through, of being 'in-between'? Can conventional social scientific research methods that slow down and freeze experiences adequately capture mobile experiences, those practices where the context of movement itself may be crucial to understanding the significance of the event to the participant? This book examines the foundations of this perceived limitation and considers methodological responses, technologies and representational strategies designed to more fully inform our understanding of people's experience of being in and moving through space.


Contents


Preface by Mimi Sheller, Swarthmore College, USA
Introduction; B.Fincham, M.McGuinness& L.Murray
PART I: DRIVING THE MOBILE
Contextualizing and Mobilizing Research; L.Murray
Moving Towards Critical Mobility Analysis: Mixing Qualitative Approaches; M.Freudendal-Pedersen, K.Hartmann-Petersen & L.Drewes Nielsen
In-vivo Sampling of Naive Drivers: Benefits, Practicalities and Ethical Considerations; I.Walker
Narrating Mobile Methodologies: Reactive and Responsive Empiricisms; D.Bissell
PART II: STEERING THE MOBILE
Liverpool Musicscapes: Music Performance, Movement and the Built Urban Environment; B.Lashua & S.Cohen
Vim de Bahia pra lhe ver: Multiple Movements in the Capoeira Batizado; N.Stephens & S.Delamont
Being There/seeing There: Recording and Analysing Life in the Car; E.Laurier
Writing Mobility: Australia's Working Holiday Programme; N.Clarke
Catching a Glimpse: The Value of Video in Evoking, Understanding and Representing the Practice of Cycling; K.Brown & J.Spinney
Have Backpack will Travel: Auto/biography as Mobile Method; G.Letherby
Conclusion; M.McGuinness, B.Fincham, & L.Murray


Authors



BEN FINCHAM is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex, UK. His research interests include work, mental health, mobilities, gender, suicide and death. He is a founder member of the Cycling and Society Research Group.

MARK MCGUINNESS is Head of Geography at Bath Spa University, UK. His research interests include everyday mobilities, education for sustainability and pedagogy in the social sciences. He is a Founder Member of the Cycling and Society Research Group.

LESLEY MURRAY is Research Fellow at the University of Brighton, UK. She has recently completed an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship exploring the relationship between risk and mobilities. Her research interests include mobile and visual methods, gender, generation, risk and mobilities.