Emerging Methods

Emerging Methods: Traditional, Experimental, Transgressive forms.

As scholars are asking new questions, pushing new boundaries, and discovering new ways of being, they are changing the way ethnography and ethnographic methodologies answer such questions. Emerging methods reflect the changing objects of study, but also reflect cutting-edge struggles with finding the right tools for the questions we ask. While emerging methods implies that new is somehow better, we must recognize that so-called traditional methods are often re-formed for contemporary issues; that experimental methods may uncover and examine the novelties within and for new social media, communication, and interactions; and that transgressive methods may push beyond the boundaries, expanding—sometimes dramatically—how we apprehend the world. The stream of Emerging Methods provides an arena for rich discourse and thoughts about specific methods, methodologies, and framings of contemporary issues.