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Queue-munity engagement: Collaborative Event Ethnography at the Antiques Roadshow in Kent

Weston, Gavin; Liber, Elena; Urdea, Alexandra and Cornish, Helen. 2019. Queue-munity engagement: Collaborative Event Ethnography at the Antiques Roadshow in Kent. Ethnography, ISSN 1466-1381 [Article]

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Using Collaborative Event Ethnography as a research method, a team of 21 researchers conducted fieldwork at the Antiques Roadshow in Ightham Mote, Kent. This article reflects on the experience of queuing at the event and how it was experienced and discussed by researchers and participants. Drawing upon Mol, the article approaches the practice of queuing as involving an inherent multiplicity of often contradictory experiences through which idealised, Second World War-related understandings of British queuing practice are simultaneously confirmed and challenged. Through multiple participants viewing the queue from within and outside we were able to capture the processes of community-building, curation, management, rule-maintenance and rule-bending within the social life of the queue. In demonstrating this multiplicity Collaborative Event Ethnography is shown to be an excellent research tool for capturing short-term, large-scale events while also highlighting the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of social interactions and social norms within queues.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1466138119859385

Keywords:

Queues, Collaborative Event Ethnography, student, Antiques Roadshow

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 March 2019Accepted
4 July 2019Published

Item ID:

26586

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2019 12:57

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2019 12:57

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26586

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