Using one type of multisensory data (seeing: drawing, sketching and mapping) and interview data, write an essay about how social scientists can use a range of data to make sense of the world. The main purpose of the essay is to elucidate the different claims and understandings these types of data allow us to make about the world. We are looking for answers that critically consider these issues using understandings, examples and readings from blocks 1 and 2. You could use the following guiding questions (or come up with your own) to help you structure your essay:
i) How far can interviews and multi-modal data be approached in the same ways, and when and why is it more important to stress their differences? ii) How important is it to understand the challenges that are posed to ways of thinking conceptually about, and working and practically with, data across different genres of qualitative social scientific research by binary (aka as dualistic) epistemic claims and ontological assumptions? (One such binary/dualistic assumption/claim is between naturally occurring/found and contrived/produced data.) iii) Identify one challenge arising within a particular field of research to focus your discussion. For example, in real world research that sets out to address a major societal challenge using interpretive and socio-cultural risk theory, should attention be paid primarily to the textual (ie talk and text) qualities of qualitative interview data? Should arguments be taken on board pointing to gaps in qualitative social scientific ways of knowing unless they deploy different modalities of sensing and sense-making? Or is this argument more characteristic of sensory ethnography?