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Methodological dialogues across multimodality and sensory ethnography: digital touch communication

Jewitt, C; Leder Mackley, K; (2018) Methodological dialogues across multimodality and sensory ethnography: digital touch communication. Qualitative Research 10.1177/1468794118796992. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

There is a significant gap between technological advancements of digital touch communication devices and social science methodologies for understanding digital touch communication. In response to that gap this article makes a case for bringing the communicational focus of multimodality into dialogue with the experiential focus of sensory ethnography to explore digital touch communication. To do this, we draw on debates within the literature, and reflect on our experiences in the IN-TOUCH project (2016–2021). While acknowledging the complexities of methodological dialogues across paradigm boundaries, we map and reflect on the methodological synergies and tensions involved in actively working across these two approaches, notably the conceptualization, categorization and representation of touch. We conclude by honing in aspects of research that have served as useful reflective route markers on our dialogic journey to illustrate how these tensions are productive towards generating a multimodal and multisensorial agenda for qualitative research on touch.

Type: Article
Title: Methodological dialogues across multimodality and sensory ethnography: digital touch communication
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1468794118796992
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794118796992
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: communication, digital, methodology, multimodal, sensory ethnography, touch
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10056625
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