“I have conducted an ethnographic fieldwork in a public school, in a reception class, with children aged 7 – 9. I now have a lot of empirical material to analyze. I have fieldnotes, sound recordings, some photos etc.
I have a question to you, and I need your help
I am going to do a ‘traditional’ ethnographic analysis, where you mostly use language as a tool, using codes, categories, etc.
I would like to use some other methods as well
One method, I would like to try is to use my own body as an analytical tool. What does that mean? It means that I for example listen to a sound recording of children eating fruit during the morning break. By listening to this recording, in a large room, with space for movement, I am going to do a video recording of my movements. This way, I am using my body as an analytical tool in the sense that I listen to the sound from my field recording, and move my body accordingly
I want to do this, firstly because I am interested in movement as a phenomenon. Secondly, I think that by starting the analysis by applying terms, codes and categories there are many important things left out
So my question to you is:
Do you know of anyone who has worked with a similar approach?
Someone who has used movement, maybe dance, or choreography with the analysis of ethnographic data? … or something along these lines
You might wonder why I am standing here.. I am in the Winter Bath. I’ve just been to the sauna and I’m feeling great. It’s a snowstorm. My point by choosing this place is that it makes sense as a place to ask this question about the body and what the body can do, and so on.
Thanks for listening and watching
I hope you will share your knowledge
Now, I’ll jump into the water”