Coming to our senses?: A critical approach to sensory methodology

Mason, Jennifer and Davies, Katherine (2009) Coming to our senses?: A critical approach to sensory methodology. Qualitative Research, 9 (5). pp. 587-603.

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In light of the recent upsurge in the popularity of sensory, and particularly visual, methods, this article makes a case for a sensory methodology that remains attuned to the complex ways in which the senses are tangled with other forms of experience or ways of knowing. Drawing on a project investigating the social significance of family resemblances, we look at how our methods (a combination of visual methods and creative interviewing) emphasized the interplay between tangible and intangible sensory experience, including elements of the sensory that were visible, audible, touchable, etc., in the present as well as those which people conjured in their sensory imaginations and ethereal or mystical ways of resembling. We suggest that ‘sensory intangibility’ is vital to how we see resemblances and to the practice of sensory methodology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 2. Data Collection > 2.9 Visual Methods
2. Data Collection > 2.12 Data Collection (other)
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.23 Qualitative Approaches (other)
Depositing User: Realities user
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 13:13
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:50

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