Pedestrian practices
Walking from the mundane to the marvellous
in Mundane Methods
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Walking is an everyday practice with extraordinary resonances. This chapter explores walking as a mobile method for studying the everyday. The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement) is a Manchester-based psychogeographical collective I founded in 2006. We walk together every month to connect with the city but also to bear witness, challenge and complicate regeneration narratives. My PhD research walked with women to discuss their thoughts, feelings and experiences of Manchester. This chapter shares fieldwork notes and practical tips to develop walking methods at a variety of scales:

1) lone wandering as a way to critically explore everyday spaces;

2) walking interviews because walking and talking together facilitates rich conversations about the environment;

3) creative walking. Derives and drifts use ludic methods such as transposing maps, throwing dice or following themes to provoke new understandings of space. I have played games such as CCTV bingo to provoke discussion and affective re-mapping.

Mundane Methods

Innovative ways to research the everyday

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