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Conceptualising and researching the body in digital contexts: towards new methodological conversations across the arts and social sciences

Jewitt, C; Price, S; Xambo Sedo, A; (2017) Conceptualising and researching the body in digital contexts: towards new methodological conversations across the arts and social sciences. Qualitative Research , 17 (1) pp. 37-53. 10.1177/1468794116656036. Green open access

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Abstract

The turn to the body in social sciences has intensified the gaze of qualitative research on bodily matters and embodied relations and made the body a significant object of reflection, bringing new focus on and debates around the direction of methodological advances. This article contributes to these debates in three ways: 1) we explore the potential synergies across the social sciences and arts to inform the conceptualization of the body in digital contexts; 2) we point to ways qualitative research can engage with ideas from the arts towards more inclusive methods; and 3) we offer three themes with which to interrogate and re-imagine the body: its fragmenting and zoning, its sensory and material qualities, and its boundaries. We draw on the findings of an ethnographic study of the research ecologies of six research groups in the arts and social sciences concerned with the body in digital contexts to discuss the synergetic potential of these themes and how they could be mobilized for qualitative research on the body in digital contexts. We conclude that engaging with the arts brings potential to reinvigorate and extend the methodological repertoire of qualitative social science in ways that are pertinent to the current re-thinking of the body, its materiality and boundaries.

Type: Article
Title: Conceptualising and researching the body in digital contexts: towards new methodological conversations across the arts and social sciences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1468794116656036
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794116656036
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016.
Keywords: Arts-methods, body, digital, embodiment, interdisciplinary, methods, posthumanism, post-methods
UCL classification: UCL
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/1514578
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