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What Happened? Ethnographic Stories of The Strategic Road Network

Heathcote-Marcz, Felicity and Mohammed, Sideeq (2023) What Happened? Ethnographic Stories of The Strategic Road Network. In: Research in the Sociology of Work. Emerald Insight. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:101408)

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Abstract

Good ethnographic work produces stories. They are told to us by our interlocutors. We record them in our fieldnotes and read about them in archival or policy documents. We see and hear them occur around us, we participate in them, they become a core part of our memories of the field. Given that “telling stories is one of the fundamental things we do as human beings” (Falconi & Graber, 2019, p. 1), stories are perhaps the most crucial resource by which we as ethnographers make sense of a field, allowing us to translate what happened to others so that they might be able to vicariously travel through the fields which we studied. Yet when we look at the ethnographies published in leading management and organisation studies journals, stories are increasingly hidden from view. We argue in this short paper, for a return to storytelling at the centre of the production of ethnography. We seek an opening of the closed world of academic storytelling to those audiences excluded from such networks, including those whom we ethnographers are writing about. We retell nine short stories from an ethnography of Traffic Officers and the breakdowns they encounter on the strategic road network. These vignettes form a non-linear narrative of some of the most emotive and embodied encounters in our fieldwork in transport and mobility spaces between 2018-2019. We leave our readers to draw conclusions, implications and linkages from these stories, and offer an invitation to debate and conversation on the themes encountered therein.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethnography, breakdown, mobility, transport, stories, organisation studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Funders: University of Kent (https://ror.org/00xkeyj56)
Depositing User: Sideeq Mohammed
Date Deposited: 25 May 2023 12:27 UTC
Last Modified: 26 May 2023 08:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/101408 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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