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Having an eye for it: aesthetics, ethnography and the senses

Warren, Samantha (2012) 'Having an eye for it: aesthetics, ethnography and the senses.' Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 1 (1). pp. 107-118. ISSN 2046-6749

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss participant-led photography as a response to the author's need for an “aesthetic approach” to ethnography during fieldwork, including the importance of an embodied, sensory orientation to ethnography in organizational contexts. Design/methodology/approach – The paper reviews a range of literature and draws on the author's experiences to support a conceptual argument. Findings – There is currently scant attention to the sensory dimension of ethnographic practice and the paper puts forward an agenda for future research. Research limitations/implications – Suggestions are made as to how aesthetic and/or sensory ethnography can support changing landscapes of organizational research. Originality/value – In drawing together multidisciplinary literature, the paper advances the agenda of ethnographic research in organizational life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aesthetics; consumption; organizational ethnography; photography; research work; senses; sensory perception
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 12:51

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