Ethnographic Interventions: A Strategy and Experiments in Mapping Sociospatial Practices

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dc.identifier.citation Mounajjed, N., Peng, C. & Walker, S. (2007). Ethnographic Interventions: A Strategy and Experiments in Mapping Sociospatial Practices. Human Technology, Volume 3 (1), pp. 68-97. URN:NBN:fi:jyu-200771. Retrieved from
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dc.description.abstract A growing awareness exists of the possibilities of architectural research adopting working methods used by artists. Many artists have adapted ethnographic methodologies to map site specificity and issues related to community and sociospatial practices. This paper draws on related examples of art practice to formulate a specific research strategy: ethnographic intervention. Ethnographic intervention has three characteristics: (a) ethnographic mapping of spatial practices on site, (b) the possibility of a horizontal replication of the study, and (c) an intervention protocol. We define ethnographic mapping as a critical process directed towards a specific cultural, social, or architectural situation. This involves representing the situation through observing, documenting, videorecording, and photography. We explore the necessity of horizontal replication for producing reliable studies. Finally, we discuss the development of a multi-stage intervention protocol as a creative and flexible instrument, involving design and preparation, data collection, interpretation, and narration. Three case studies illustrate how this strategy has been conceived, applied, and developed at architectural sites. The article concludes with a discussion of the outcomes, usefulness, and possible applications of this strategy in other disciplines. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Jyväskylä, Agora Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
dc.rights © 2007 Nadia Mounajjed, Chengzhi Peng, Stephen Walker, and the Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä
dc.rights openAccess fi
dc.subject.other ethnographic mapping en
dc.subject.other sociospatial practices en
dc.subject.other intervention en
dc.subject.other interactivity en
dc.title Ethnographic Interventions: A Strategy and Experiments in Mapping Sociospatial Practices
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-200771

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