‘Now, where were we?’ The highs and lows of hunting data with a research pack

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Cudworth, E. 2018. ‘Now, where were we?’ The highs and lows of hunting data with a research pack. Journal of Sociology. 54 (4), pp. 488-503.
AuthorsCudworth, E.
Abstract

The boundaries of the social have been stretched by recent scholarship in sociological animal studies. Empirical work has begun to open up to the presence of the myriad other creatures that make up social worlds. Yet much of this research relies on standard practices and human-centred methods. This paper reflects on a piece of research characterised by such contradiction drawn from a project investigating everyday lives with canine companions via observation and interviewing. What was methodologically distinctive, was that the majority of interviews involved dogs being present and most were undertaking while walking with dogs. An ethnographic diary was also kept in one field site mapping events, interactions and routines of dogs, humans and others in the space of ‘dog walking’. How might non-humans intervene in data collection and be reflected in the data? What is lost and gained by researching (literally) in the field with a multi-species research pack?

JournalJournal of Sociology
Journal citation54 (4), pp. 488-503
ISSN1440-7833
Year2018
PublisherSAGE Publications
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1440783318816761
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783318816761
Publication dates
Online30 Nov 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Nov 2018
Accepted12 Nov 2018
Accepted12 Nov 2018
Copyright information© 2018 The author. This is the accepted version of Cudworth, E. ‘Now, where were we?’ The highs and lows of hunting data with a research pack, Journal of Sociology, Volume 54(4) pp. 488-503. DOI: 10.1177/1440783318816761.
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