Flânerie as a methodological practice for explorative re-search in digital worlds

Jeremy Aroles, Wendelin Küpers

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This paper focuses on the figure of the flâneur and sets out to explore how the practice of flânerie might offer social researchers a different way of engaging with digital worlds. It is articulated around two main interests: the relationship of the flâneur to digital worlds and the theoretical and methodological implications of envisioning the practice of flânerie as a way of engaging with digital worlds. This paper contends that flânerie could inform and creatively enrich our practices as social researchers in two ways: enabling us to approach differently the exploration of digital worlds and leading us to investigate phenomena that might have remained concealed through more conventional methodologies. Flânerie, we argue, offers the possibility of a more open and explorative approach to digital research. Our paper outlines implications of positioning flânerie as a methodological practice and reflects on potential of flânerie in the exploration of digital worlds.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-411
Number of pages14
JournalCulture and Organization
Issue number5
Early online date22 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022

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