Every minute of every day: an experiment in real time research and digitally inscribed ethnography

Every minute of every day is a collaborative experiment in real-time ethnography between Goldsmiths College and Richard House Children’s Hospice (Newham) http://richardhouse.org.uk/about and St Joseph’s Hospice (Hackney)http://www.stjh.org.uk/About-stjosephshospice. The aim of our project is to capture something of the local areas and communities that are served by the hospices by using an array of methods – photos, sound recordings, film  – and of course by talking and listening to people. We hope that our research will help the hospices to find out more about their local communities and vice versa. We also hope to learn more about engaged social research.

You can follow the project here. It’s a wonderful example of how digital tools expand the research repertoires of sociological projects, with text, photography and audio (all presumably from mobile phones) combining into an emergent research document which is more than the sum of its parts. Though, as Les Back notes in one of the entries, this does require a different mode of engagement on the part of the reader:

We are meeting at 11am. A group of postgraduate researchers from Goldsmiths will spend another day collecting and sending fragments of Newham’s life back to the blog. One thing that we’ve learned from our experiment in blog ethnography is that it reverses the usual order of a fieldnote book. You read the latest entry rather than the first one. This changes the usual order of notes. This means the blog only really makes sense if either you have been reading it in real time, or if you read it backwards. Les


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