Mundane Methods

Innovative ways to research the everyday

Edited by Helen Holmes and Sarah Marie Hall

Mundane Methods


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3971-9
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £24.99
  • Published Date: May 2020
  • BIC Category: Sociology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research, Society & social sciences / General, Social Research & Statistics, Research Methods: General


Mundane Methods is an innovative and original collection which will make a distinctive methodological and empirical contribution to research on the everyday. Bringing together a range of interdisciplinary approaches it provides a practical, hands-on approach for scholars interested in studying the mundane and exploring its potential. Divided into three key themes this volume explores methods for studying: materials and memories, emotions and senses, and mobilities and motion; with encounters, relationships, practices, spaces, temporalities and imaginaries cross-cutting throughout. In doing so, it draws on the work of a range of established and up-and-coming scholars researching the everyday, including human geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, urban planners, cartographers, and fashion historians. With empirical examples, practical tips, ethical considerations, and exercises.


Foreword: making the mundane remarkable
1 Introduction: mundane methods and the extra-ordinary everyday
Sarah Marie Hall and Helen Holmes
Part I Materials and memories
2 Opening up material collections: adored, forgotten about, potent and mundane objects
Sophie Woodward
3 Listening to dress: unfolding oral history methods
Alison Slater
4 Memory Work: an approach to remembering and documenting everyday experiences
Karin Widerberg
5 Material relationships: object interviews as a means of studying everyday life
Helen Holmes
6: Food for thought? Material methods for exploring food and cooking
Sarah Marie Hall, Laura Pottinger, Megan Blake, Susanna Mills, Christian Reynolds and Wendy Wrieden
Part II Senses and emotions
7 The art of the ordinary: observational sketching as method
Sue Heath and Lynne Chapman
8 Sensing rhythm
Dawn Lyon
9 Everyday ethnographies and the art of eavesdropping: capturing ordinary human-animal encounters
Becky Tipper
10 Smell walking and mapping
Chris Perkins and Kate McLean
11 Auto-ethnography: managing multiple embodiments in the life drawing class
Rebecca Collins
Part III Mobilities and motion
12 Researching the run: methods for exploring mundane jographies
Simon Cook
13 Pedestrian practices: walking from the mundane to the marvellous
Morag Rose
14 Mobile methods for mundane mobilities: studying mobility scooters in a context of spatial mobility injustice
Thomas Birtchnell, Theresa Harada and Gordon Waitt
15 Water-based methods: conducting (self) interviews at sea for a surfer's view of surfing
Lyndsey Stoodley
16 Mobile methods for exploring young people's everynight mobilities
Samantha Wilkinson


Helen Holmes is a Research Fellow in Sociology and the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester

Sarah Marie Hall is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester

Mundane Methods

Edited by Helen Holmes, Sarah Marie Hall

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