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Doing Sensory Ethnography

This bold agenda-setting title continues to spearhead interdisciplinary, multisensory research into experience, knowledge and practice. Drawing on an explosion of new, cutting edge research Sarah Pink uses real world examples to bring this innovative area of study to life. She encourages us to challenge, revise and rethink core components of ethnography including interviews, participant observation and doing research in a digital world. The book provides an important framework for thinking about sensory ethnography stressing the numerous ways that smell, taste, touch and vision can be interconnected and interrelated within research. Bursting with practical advice on how to effectively conduct and share sensory ethnography this is an important, original book, relevant to all branches of social sciences and humanities.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: About Doing Sensory EthnographyPART I: Rethinking Ethnography Through The SensesChapter 1. Situating Sensory Ethnography: from academia to interventionChapter 2. Principles For Sensory Ethnography: perception, place, knowing, memory and imaginationChapter 3. Preparing For Sensory Research: practical and orientation issuesPART II: Sensory Ethnography In PracticeChapter 4. The Sensoriality Of The Interview: rethinking personal encounters through the sensesChapter 5. Sensory Research Through Participation: from observation to interventionChapter 6. Mediated Sensory Ethnography: doing and recording sensory ethnography in a digital worldPART III: Interpreting And Representing Sensory KnowingChapter 7. Interpreting Multisensory Research : organising, analysing and meaning makingChapter 8. Representing Sensory Ethnography: communicating, arguing and the non-representationalAfterword: Imagining Sensory Futures: ethnography, design and future studies

About the Author

Sarah Pink is Professor of Design and Media Ethnography at RMIT University in Australia, and Professor in Applied Social and Cultural Analysis at Halmstad University in Sweden. She is a global leader in sensory and visual ethnography. Her work is usually interdisciplinary and international, connecting anthropological ethnography to design and engineering disciplines as well as to documentary and arts practice, in projects that challenge conventional ethnographic temporalities, and bring academic scholarship to applied research problems. Sarah's other recent books include Doing Visual Ethnography (3rd edition) (2013), Situating Everyday Life (2012) and Advances in Visual Methodology (2012).


Doing Sensory Ethnography situates the field in its broad multidisciplinary and contemporary context, but also provides a hands-on approach to ethnographic methods as well as the writing up of results. It guides the reader through the field in a reflexive and highly stimulating way. -- Orvar Loefgren Doing Sensory Ethnography is an essential, readable and above all fascinating volume that is required reading across disciplines and for anyone interested in or working on the senses. -- Andrew Irving

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