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Urban Rhythms: Mobilities, Space and Interaction in the Contemporary City

The post-industrial city of the global urban era is seen to be defined by increasingly complex social, spatial and temporal relations, characterized by conditions of change and uncertainty, exception and opportunity. This book seeks to explore and critique such conditions, both as the current state of the urban and with regards to claims of current…

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No Time Out: Mobility, Rhythmicity and Urban Patrol in the Twenty-Four Hour City

This paper is about the twenty-four hour city and analyses this phenomenon with the assistance of a case study dispersed across (temporally and spatially) twenty-four hours spent moving in, around and with the city centre of Cardiff, UK. Reporting from a continuous twenty-four hour period of fieldwork the paper describes the round-the-clock work of a…

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Evaluating the Foundation Phase: policy logic model and programme theory

The Foundation Phase is a Welsh Government flagship policy of early years education (for 3 to 7-year old children) in Wales. Marking a radical departure from the more formal, competency-based approach associated with the previous Key Stage 1 National Curriculum, it advocates a developmental, experiential, play-based approach to teaching and learning The Learning Country: a…

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Knowing the city: maps, mobility and urban outreach work

This article is concerned with the relationship between (pedestrian) movement and (local) knowledge. Drawing upon ethnography conducted with a team of urban outreach workers, the article considers mapping, and specifically the use of Global Positioning System technology, as a method with which to document the spatial distribution of the team’s practice as they search for…

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Tailing, trailing and tracing: a methodological (re)consideration of mapping, movement, knowledge and urban outreach work

This article is concerned with the relationship between (pedestrian) movement and (local) knowledge. Drawing upon ethnography conducted with a team of urban outreach workers, the article considers mapping, and specifically the use of Global Positioning System technology, as a method with which to document the spatial distribution of the team’s practice as they search for…

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How Far Does Mobility Get Us?

It is now five years since Sheller and Urry (2006) published their summation of an emergence across the social sciences of the ‘new mobilities paradigm’. Sheller and Urry posited then that a form of interdisciplinary convergence was occurring centring on interests with mobility. Research that took mobility as its object and topic, they argued, had demonstrated that…

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Qualitative Researcher: Issue 14

WISERD Qualitative Research Issue 14 contains: Reflections on the craft(ing) of qualitative research – Robin Smith Local music practices and the cultural economy: three spaces of research – Darren Roberts Reading the researcher’s body – Morgan Windram-Geddes Beyond tagging, poking and throwing sheep: Using Facebook in social research – Gareth Thomas Transcription as a ‘research…

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Stop and go: a field study of pedestrian practice, immobility and urban outreach work

Drawing on fieldwork observation of a team of street-level welfare bureaucrats, this article presents a pedestrian case-study of routine footwork and slow progress in the making and maintaining of contact between outreach workers and the urban homeless. This material is used to highlight two aspects of modern-day mobilities that are perhaps under-examined and certainly worthy…

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Reflections on the craft(ing) of qualitative research

It has become somewhat of a truism that qualitative research, and particularly fieldwork, cannot be taught but is best learnt in practice, out there, in the field. This can likely be traced to the early days of the Chicago School where students were sent out to study a tract of the census, or neighbourhood, at…