The inspiration for this short article comes from a recently published book: Mundane Methods. In it, the two editors, Helen Holmes and Sarah Marie Hall, bring together a collection of ideas about innovative fieldwork and research which is nevertheless, as they say, based on the ‘everyday’. The book provides an excellent set of simple, practical and achievable tools to think about new fieldwork in a local area.
This article will explore a limited selection of the different themes in the book and offer practical guidance as to how they can be utilised for an independent investigation which is ‘hyper-local’ in its domain. Beware that you will not find pedestrian counts or quality surveys lurking in here. Instead, the methods look to measure more subtle goings-on such as encounters, spaces, relationships and practices in a very reflective and personal manner. The article will take a couple of mini-investigations and present them in a package that can be used as background reading and information for an independent investigation.
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