Drawing as radical multimodality: salvaging Patrick Geddes's material methodology

Hurdley, Rachel, Biddulph, Mike, Backhaus, Vincent, Hipwood, Tara, and Hossain, Rumana (2017) Drawing as radical multimodality: salvaging Patrick Geddes's material methodology. American Anthropologist, 119 (4). pp. 748-753.

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[Extract] This essay, which is accompanied by a collective online sketchbook on the American Anthropologist website, is about drawing as a research methodology.1 Drawing, like writing, is a craft that can be learned. It is a radical social research method, recalling the lost, undisciplined roots of research into "folk, work, place" in Britain—roots that this essay explores through the Foundations of British Sociology: The Sociological Review Archive at Keele University (Keele University 2010). Too many scholars now research "materiality" as an armchair topic. Multimodality—a young, cross‐disciplinary, and still unformed aggregation of research topics, designs, methods, and methodologies—is threatened by the haste to adopt ever‐new technologies. Through "slowest" practice, we can begin to understand, first, how salvaged methodologies might transform current practices and, second, how human capacities are limited, channeled, and lost in the race to innovate. Through practicing and developing material methodology, researchers can reshape dominant theories of modernity, because how we make knowledge is critical for fashioning alternative pasts, presents, and futures.

Item ID: 58977
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1548-1433
Sensitivity Note: Vincent would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present, and emerging who have shared Story and provided time, patience, and effort to teach him during the publication process. He would like to acknowledge the contributor for additional drawings not represented here, Palawa women Sarah Lynn Rees, for her knowledge and sharing of Story.
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 00:28
FoR Codes: 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3303 Design > 330316 Visual communication design (incl. graphic design) @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing @ 50%
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