Campervan Ethnographies: mobile experiments and methodological manoeuvres

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This chapter examines methodological approaches used in experimental fieldwork of Volkswagen (VW) campervan mobilities in the UK. With reference to the mobilities paradigm that welcomes interdisciplinary and mobile methods, I contribute creative epistemologies used in an auto-ethnographic study of driving on a British motorway. From the foundations of art school meets social science meets actor-network theory (ANT), my perambulating approach to data collection in artistic participative interventions, as suggested, have enabled ways of seeing mobile phenomenon from an imaginative and embodied perspective. This chapter therefore seeks to prompt researchers from different archetypal fields of practice, to consider using messy methodologies ‘off the beaten track’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Methods and Applications for Mobilities Research
EditorsMonika Büscher, Malene Freudendal-Pedersen, Sven Kesselring, Nikolaj Grauslund
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781788115469
ISBN (Print)9781788115452
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
PublisherEdward Elgar


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