The experiment in living

Marres, Noortje. 2012. The experiment in living. In: Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford, eds. Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 76-95. ISBN 978-0-415-57481-5 [Book Section]

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This article engages with debates about widening participation in social research by examining a specific form of public action and knowledge, namely experiments in sustainable living. I propose that these experiments may be approached as forms of social research, and as such offer special opportunities for social research to insert itself into wider societal research arrangements. The article develops the notion of the multifarious instrument which highlights that genres of public action may be put to divergent purposes which may not always be distinguished. I argue that may turn living experiments into critical sites of research, where sociologists may confront and challenge prevailing narrow formattings of the purpose of everyday experiments. I explore this claim further through two case studies: an analysis of sustainable living blogs, and an artistic experiment called Spiral Drawing Sunrise.

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14 Aug 2012 07:59

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