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Walking with Exiles: Movement and Narration in Life History Research

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By: Published: 2014 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 1
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This methods-in-action case study explores the value of walking while interviewing as a form of gathering a life history. Drawing on a recent research project in which I spoke to exiled Tibetans living in New York City, I discuss the ways in which their resistance to a standard, seated interview allowed for a new form of story gathering to develop: walking while interviewing. The benefits of a mobile interview are discussed at length. Namely, it allowed me to enter the fatigue of their exile, familiarized me with my informants' geography, and added a layer of meaning to the process of interviewing. Finally, I discuss several drawbacks to this method.

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