Getting Out, Goethe, and Serendipitous Ethnography

  • Rebecca Crowther


This chapter presents fieldwork and the success of serendipitous ethnography in context. It further problematises traditional ethnographic methods in relation to this research project working with groups of people in natural spaces. This chapter introduces the diverse research case studies. Crowther details observant participation, happenings upon case studies, and access and involvement with case study groups before moving on to serendipitous ethnography and Goethean observation in this context. This refers to being with groups and utilising responsive and flexible methods whilst observing without ego. Within this chapter, Crowther speaks of the journey, the excursion, and the participation in activities as a primary means to understanding these experiences. She details alternative and organic methods and why serendipitous ethnography is a necessary methodological framework within this research context.


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  • Rebecca Crowther
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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