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The significance of sketching: Drawing a streetscape in a Nairobi neighbourhood

Thieme, Tatiana A; (2024) The significance of sketching: Drawing a streetscape in a Nairobi neighbourhood. AREA 10.1111/area.12922. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This piece examines the value of sketching in ethnographic fieldwork. Thinking with a sketch drawn of a Nairobi streetscape one morning, I discuss how sketching can enable a particular engagement with our surroundings that serves both as a licence to lurk and a valuable mode of recording what we see. I also consider how the sketch becomes a meaningful artefact that can be shared in the moment or later on, as another way of conveying an argument or telling a story. I argue that both the sketch itself and the practice of sketching can help us pay really close attention to our surroundings while accepting the limits to what we can know about ‘the field’.

Type: Article
Title: The significance of sketching: Drawing a streetscape in a Nairobi neighbourhood
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/area.12922
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12922
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Keywords: Social Sciences, Geography, ethnography, inside the notebook, Nairobi, opacity, sketching, streetscapes
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10187964
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