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:METHODOLOGY:



DRAWING ON THE LONG-STANDING TRADITION OF THE ETHNOGRAPHIC METHOD, WHICH HAS ONLY RECENTLY BEEN ADOPTED FOR LOOKING AT MOBILE SOCIETIES, THE PROJECT'S FIELD RESEARCHER WILL 'WALK IN THE SHOES' OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT TRAVELLING GROUPS.

ETHNOGRAPHY AS A METHOD INVOLVES THE SYSTEMATIC INVESTIGATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ACCOUNTS OF WHAT PEOPLE DO AND WHAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO IN REALITY. THE FIRST PART OF THIS PAIR IS GARNERED FROM CONVERSATIONS, INTERVIEWS, CORRESPONDENCE AND SO ON WITH RESEARCH SUBJECTS. THE SECOND PART IS PRODUCED BY THE ETHNOGRAPHER JOINING HER RESEARCH SUBJECTS TO PARTICIPATE AND OBSERVE HOW THEIR PRACTICES GET DONE UNDER NON IDEAL AND NORMALLY UNPREDICTABLE CIRCUMSTANCES.

IN THIS PROJECT WE WILL ADAPT THE SYSTEM USED BY A US SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST, JACK KATZ, FOR INVESTIGATING ROAD RAGE. KATZ HAD STUDENTS RIDE ALONG IN THE PASSENGER SEAT OF PROJECT PARTICIPANTS. DURING THEIR NORMAL JOURNEYS DRIVERS, WITH THE BENEFIT OF SCENIC REMINDERS, WERE ASKED BY THE STUDENTS ABOUT THE STRESSES OF DRIVING, CONFLICTS WITH OTHER DRIVERS AND INCIDENTS OF ROAD RAGE. IT PROVED A VERY SUCCESSFUL SOURCE OF, OFTEN HIGHLY EMOTIVE, MATERIAL ON DRIVER-DRIVER INTERACTION. IN THIS PROJECT CASE WE ARE COMBINING KATZ'S METHODS WITH HAYDEN LORIMER'S PREVIOUS METHODOLOGIES FOR INVESTIGATING HILLWALKING - 'WALKING WITH' - WHEREIN THE PROJECT RESEARCHER JOINED IN THE ROUTES, STOP-OFFS AND OTHER HILLWALKING RELATED ACTIVITIES AND INTERVIEWED PARTICIPANTS INFORMALLY IN THE 'THICK OF THE ACTION' (more).