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Live Methods

Live Methods

Les Back (Editor), Nirmal Puwar (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33959-8

Oct 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

212 pages

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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

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