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Live Methods

Les Back (Editor), Nirmal Puwar (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-3959-8
212 pages
January 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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A study of live methods including experimentation, attentiveness, collaboration, multi-media platforms, public sociology, the game of social life and research, idiotic methods, scavenging, mapping and topologies
  • Global in scope and inter-woven by theoretical and methodological considerations
  • Chapters emerge from the Methods Lab at Goldsmiths University which is committed to developing inventive ways of 'doing sociology'
  • Studies the practice of sociological imagination and the aim is to make social research responsive to social life - to bring it alive
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Table of Contents

Series editor’s introduction (Chris Shilling)

A manifesto for live methods: provocations and capacities (Les Back and Nirmal Puwar)


Live sociology: social research and its futures (Les Back)

Curating sociology (Nirmal Puwar and Sanjay Sharma)

Seeing it whole: staging totality in social theory and art (Alberto Toscano)


Once upon a problem (Mariam Motamedi Fraser)

Learning to be affected: social suffering and total pain at life’s borders (Yasmin Gunaratnam)


Being stuck in (live) time: the sticky sociological imagination (Emma Uprichard)

The redistribution of methods: on intervention in digital social research, broadly conceived (Noorjte Marres)


De-signing the object of sociology: toward an ‘idiotic’ methodology (Mike Michael)

Going live: towards an amphibious sociology (Celia Lury)

Notes on contributors


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Author Information

Les Back is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Nirmal Puwar is Senior Lecturer is Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

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"Sociology is alive! Here is an original and scholarly volume that rails against the numbing effects of a dead or defeatist sociology. The contributors provoke and inspire – through their engagement with the themes of art, storying, the digital and designs - by insisting upon a 'live sociology' that is inventive, artful and crafty, but always also ethical and attentive. The volume creates a vibrant sense of possibility at a time when it might be argued that sociology needs it most."
—Jennifer Mason, Manchester University

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