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On an excursion through EC1: Multimodality, ethnography and urban walking

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    Rights statement: "The final version of this paper has been published in Qualitative Research, Special Issue: Multimodality: Methodological Explorations, Nov 2018 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © James Lamb, Michael Sean Gallagher, Jeremy Knox, 2018. It is available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1468794118773294

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-70
Number of pages16
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number1
Early online date19 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


In this article we describe and critique a methodological exercise that brings together multimodality, ethnography and walking in order to investigate the city. Drawing on the experience of enacting our methodology in central London, we describe how an openness to the full range of meaning-making phenomena encountered during an unscripted excursion through the city provided ways of thinking critically about our relationship with the city. This research is undertaken against a backdrop of a growing critical interest in the complex and shifting nature of the urban environment, reflected in the range of approaches that investigate how we understand and experience our surroundings. Central to this methodological approach is the intersection of ethnography and multimodality which, when brought together within the device of an unscripted walk, provides valuable opportunities for thinking critically about our surroundings.

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  • multimodality, ethnography, mobile media, mobile learning, urban, walking

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