Back to the 'old school': bicycle messengers, employment and ethnography

Fincham, Ben (2006) Back to the 'old school': bicycle messengers, employment and ethnography. Qualitative Research, 6 (2). pp. 187-205. ISSN 14687941

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This article examines issues that arose from a mixed method study of bicycle messengers in the UK that included an ethnographic phase of research in which the researcher worked as a bicycle messenger for pay. The question of dangerous research settings and the subsequent advantages and disadvantages to the research process are discussed in relation to other recent ethnographies. The article then discusses the differences between styles of ethnography that involve danger, with particular reference to Lyng's idea of `edgework, arguing that distinctions between types of ethnography may not be useful. Finally, having discussed these recent ethnographic developments, the article suggests that there ought to be an increase in work-based ethnographies in the Chicago School tradition of Howard Becker and Donald Roy, among others.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Ben Fincham
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:07
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2012 15:36
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