Mobilising Visual Ethnography: Making Routes, Making Place and Making Images


  • Sarah Pink Loughborough University



visual ethnography, place-making, walking, mobility, routes, senses, Cittàslow


This article builds on the earlier notion of a visual ethnography (PINK, 2007a) to suggest the idea of a visual ethnography in/of movement. Recent anthropological discussions have drawn attention to the importance of studying other people's "routes and mobilities" (LEE & INGOLD, 2006). Following this work I examine what visual ethnographers might learn from an analysis of how routes and mobilities are represented in local visual culture. Drawing on my recent research about the Cittàslow (Slow City) movement in the UK, I analyse a series of locally produced experiential, audiovisual and photographic narratives. I propose that such a focus can provide visual ethnographers with significant understandings of how place is made. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0803362


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Author Biography

Sarah Pink, Loughborough University

Sarah PINK is Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University (UK). Her books include Doing Visual Ethnography (2007), The Future of Visual Anthropology (2006) and Visual Interventions (ed.) (2007). Most of her research (academic and applied) involves the use of visual research methods and media. Her most recent research has been about the Slow City (Cittàslow movement in the UK. Her next book will be about the senses in ethnographic research.




How to Cite

Pink, S. (2008). Mobilising Visual Ethnography: Making Routes, Making Place and Making Images. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(3).



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