The promise and practice of spontaneous prose

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Spontaneous prose can and should be used by non-representational geographers to creatively aid, inform and craft ethnographical analyses. Here, I propose that cultural and social geographers utilise this method, deployed from a genre of literature that characterised and defined the 1950s ‘Beat Generation’ of the United States, to aid in non-representational ethnographic note-taking by discussing the possible synergies between spontaneous prose and non-representational methodology, using an example from ethnographical research in the Norsk Oljemuseum, Stavanger, Norway.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-400
Number of pages6
Journalcultural geographies
Issue number3
Early online date14 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • ethnography
  • Kerouac
  • methodology
  • non-representational
  • practices
  • spontaneous prose

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