publication . Article . 2014

The materiality of method : the case of the Mass Observation Archive

Liz Moor; Emma Uprichard;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
Abstract
<jats:p> The Mass Observation Archive presents numerous methodological issues for social researchers. The data are idiosyncratic, difficult to analyze, and the sample design is nonsystematic. Such issues seriously challenge conventional social research protocols. This article highlights a further characteristic of the archive: its unwieldy materiality. Focusing on the sensory experiences of the archive and its particular type of data, the article shows how the experience of getting ‘dirty with data’ plays a real and dynamic part of conducting Mass Observation research. Building on these observations, and drawing on two recent projects that have used the Archive,...
Subjects
free text keywords: Digital; Handwriting; Mass Observation Archive; Materiality; Sensory; Paper, Sociology and Political Science, Handwriting, Sociology, Social research, Materiality (auditing), Social science
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publication . Article . 2014

The materiality of method : the case of the Mass Observation Archive

Liz Moor; Emma Uprichard;