Meet the 'entangled' fieldworker - Distorted (re)presentations in tourism research

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Tourism research has recently been informed by non-representational theories to highlight the socio-material, embodied and heterogeneous composition of tourist experiences. These advances have contributed to further reflexivity and called for novel ways to animate representations. On this background, this paper develops the notion ‘distorted representation’ to illustrate that blurred and obscure photos can in fact be intelligible and sensible in understanding tourism. Through an exploration of the overwhelmed and unintended practices of visual fieldwork, distorted representation illustrates how photographic materialities, performativities and sensations contribute to new tourism knowledges. While highlighting the potential of distorted representation, the paper posits a cautionary note in regards to the influential role of academic journals in determining the qualities of visual data. The paper exemplifies distorted representation through three impressionistic tales derived from ethnographic research on the European rail travel phenomenon, InterRail.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date30 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2014
EventAnthropology and Photography - British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 May 201431 May 2014

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ConferenceAnthropology and Photography
LocationBritish Museum
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period29/05/201431/05/2014

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Jensen, M. T. (2014). Meet the 'entangled' fieldworker - Distorted (re)presentations in tourism research. Abstract from Anthropology and Photography, London, United Kingdom.
Jensen, Martin Trandberg. / Meet the 'entangled' fieldworker - Distorted (re)presentations in tourism research. Abstract from Anthropology and Photography, London, United Kingdom.
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