— bodily activity
Fieldwork is necessarily an embodied activity (Coffey 1999, 59).
The researcher is embodied, the field is embodied and the ethnographer’s notes are likely to have daily mentions of the body whatever the topic and framework. “Knowing is a direct material engagement” (Barad 2012, 52). This is the relational ontology: my experience depends on how I measure it. Our ontologies are entangled, dependent on each other moment-to-moment.
I had written in my field notes that I felt stiff. But I felt tense in my body only when we walked through the city, not after we had moved under the trees, away from an audience. Walking is such an automatic bodily activity that it does not require attention. If walking is difficult for some reason, or impossible, walking sensations become important. When I think about walking, I begin to feel as if I was walking. When I pass a particular site that we traversed during the walk, I immediately travel in time, and my body remembers the march.
— a meeting space of an autobiographical impulse and an ethnographic moment
[...] the autoethnographic text emerges from the researcher’s bodily standpoint as she is continually recognizing and interpreting the residue traces of culture inscribed upon her hide from interacting with others in contexts (Spry 2001, 711).