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A choreographic notebook: methodological developments in qualitative geographical research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Charlotte Veal



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Publications Ltd, 2016.

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This article develops the dancers’ choreographic notebook as a cross-disciplinary documentational device in the representation and analysis of multi-sensual qualitative sources. Drawing upon fieldwork collected during a London-based research placement with the dance company BalletBoyz, I endeavour to extend critical debates around the body and performance within human geography to examine the ‘more-than-representational’ methodological possibilities affiliated with performativity and its allied body of literature. In performing this methodological approach, I first hope to encourage experimental and creative documentational methods for conducting vibrant, engaging geographies of the body. Second, I affirm the centrality of sensuous, embodied accounts in the research process. Finally, this article seeks to equip others in their investigations into re-imagining what ‘physical’ thinking might look like. In documenting the body, I hope a space may be created to rethink the ontology of the body beyond the dualisms of absence or present

Publication metadata

Author(s): Veal C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cultural Geographies

Year: 2016

Volume: 23

Issue: 2

Pages: 221-245

Print publication date: 01/04/2016

Online publication date: 25/02/2015

Acceptance date: 01/02/2015

Date deposited: 28/05/2019

ISSN (print): 1474-4740

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0881

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1474474015571944


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