Awareness, focus and nuance: reflexivity and reflective embodiment in sensory ethnography

Hockey, John C ORCID: 0000-0002-5826-8005 and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2023) Awareness, focus and nuance: reflexivity and reflective embodiment in sensory ethnography. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sensory Ethnography. Routledge, London, pp. 97-107. ISBN 9781032328737

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This chapter explores the “thorny issue” of engaging in reflexivity in sensory ethnographies and autoethnographies, considering why reflexivity is so important. Drawing on the authors’ experiences of undertaking sensory ethnographic studies of sports and physical cultures, and of the British army, it considers the role of reflexivity in this research, and how it has played out in various research settings. To give a feel for the challenges confronting the authors as sociologists and sociological phenomenologists, throughout the chapter key points are illustrated with detailed, grounded examples to “show” how both have (jointly and individually) sought to engage in sustained reflexivity, particularly within those cultural and physical-cultural settings with which they are particularly familiar. Such settings have often generated experiences of intense sensory embodiment. The chapter portrays practical ways in which heightened reflexivity has been pursued, offering suggestions that might be useful to others contemplating sensory ethnographic research opportunities.

Item Type: Book Section
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnographic research; Auto/ethnography; Sensory dimensions; Physical activity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2023 11:27
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2024 10:59

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