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Researching embodied relationships with place: rehabilitating the sit-down interview

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Abstract

This article explores the utility of sit-down interviews in researching people’s embodied relationships with place. We offer a critical intervention in the ongoing debates concerning methodological ‘innovation’ by exploring under which circumstances sit-down interviews can produce dynamic and embodied knowledge. We propose that when conducted in situ in an environment well known by both research participants and researchers, and when focused on inherently sensory topics, sit-down interviews can provide rich insights into embodied experiences of place. In addition, we contribute to the literature that compares sit-down interviews and walk-alongs by exploring the aspects of embodied experience that sit-down interviews might be more adept at capturing. Since there is considerable overlap in the kinds of knowledge that different interview methods can produce, we argue that it is impossible to divide social reality into distinct domains of experience, each with its own matching method of enquiry.


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Author(s): May V, Lewis C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Qualitative Research

Year: 2020

Volume: 20

Issue: 2

Pages: 127-142

Print publication date: 01/04/2020

Online publication date: 13/03/2019

Acceptance date: 13/03/2019

ISSN (print): 1468-7941

ISSN (electronic): 1741-3109

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.

URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794119834186

DOI: 10.1177/1468794119834186


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