Routinising research : academic skills in analogue and digitial worlds

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This paper explores research routines which are so mundane that they are rarely noticed and may be hard to even verbalise. How does one acquire the bodily dexterity of rifling through a filing cabinet, skimming Google lists, or judging a book by holding in it one’s hands? Drawing on interviews with and observations among scholars of both the analogue and digital generations, mainly in the social and cultural sciences, I look at how such routines are established, naturalised and transformed. They may be seen as methods slowly turning into habits taken for granted. To what extent do such practices, which are often seen as intensely personal, actually mirror norms and cultural conventions of specific academic settings?
With a focus on materialities and sensibilities, I discuss three arenas of everyday academic activities: writing, reading and handling information.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Ethnology


  • routines, skills, academic work, analogue, digital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-86
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch