Podwalking: A framework for assimilating mobile methods into action research

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This article brings together action research and mobile methods to demonstrate how the processes and assumptions that underpin participatory inquiry may be open to critical consideration. The concept of the podwalk, a phased mobile method, is introduced within a project oriented around the development of digital life story work with adolescents living in state care. Adopting an interactive researcher stance in relation to the discursive analysis of material gathered as the research unfolded, we demonstrate that a phased method can frame the entry and exit from the field and that mobile methods can provide a basis for illuminating the research process, especially the way
in which power and participation are negotiated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-144
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


  • mobile methods
  • digital media

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