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Moving global horizons: Imagining selfhood, mobility and futurities through creative practice in ethnographic research

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Abstract

This article explores imagined selfhood, mobility and futurities through creative practice in ethnography. Globalisation allows people with varying socio-economic and geographical backgrounds to imagine themselves with more possibilities. How can creative practice such as improvisation in ethnofictions, storytelling and participatory animation be applied in ethnographic research to explore the imaginary realm of selfhood and expectations on being elsewhere? Drawing on fieldwork on migration from Africa to Europe, Brazilian transgender mobility and British youth in environmental transformation, the article will show how existential immobility inspires production of global horizons through imagination.

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(2020). Moving global horizons: Imagining selfhood, mobility and futurities through creative practice in ethnographic research. Culture and Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X20922141

Acceptance Date May 28, 2020
Publication Date May 28, 2020
Journal Culture and Psychology
Print ISSN 1354-067X
Publisher SAGE Publications
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X20922141
Keywords Imagined mobilities, ethnographic film, Jean Rouch, mobility, imagination, migration, ethnofiction, São Paulo, Shipley, Milan, animation
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1354067X20922141

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