The art of the ordinary: Observational sketching as method

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Sue Heath and Lynne Chapman
The art of the ordinary
Observational sketching as method
in Mundane Methods
Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526152732.00014
Online Publication Date: 30 Apr 2020
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In recent years there has been a growing (but still somewhat modest) interest in the methodological affordance of observational sketching, a method historically associated within the social sciences with anthropological fieldwork. This chapter outlines some of the ways in which observational sketching might be used in broader research contexts, based on an experimental collaboration between ‘urban sketcher’ Lynne Chapman and members of the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives. The chapter outlines some of the approaches adopted and includes some simple exercises designed to encourage reluctant sketchers to overcome their anxieties about putting pencil to paper. In addition to its potential usefulness as a tool for generating research data, the chapter also highlights the value of sketching as a tool for thinking and feeling.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMundane Methods
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Ways to Research the Everyday
EditorsHelen Holmes, Sarah Marie Hall
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Chapter7
Pages105-120
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781526139719
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020