Mobile methods for exploring young people’s everynight mobilities
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This chapter draws on mobile phone methods I used when exploring young people’s everynight alcohol consumption practices and experiences in the suburban case study locations of Chorlton and Wythenshawe, Manchester, UK. In this chapter, I highlight ‘mobile phone methods’ including mobile phone interviews and text messaging. Mobile phone interviews involved asking young people to use their phones to take photographs and videos on their nights out, and then using these visuals as prompts to elicit discussion in an informal interview. Text messaging was beneficial in providing a date- and time-stamped experience snapshot of young people’s alcohol-related, present-tense actions. These culturally credible mundane methods enabled young people to communicate with myself, as researcher, ‘on their own terms’.

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