The paper focuses on "mobile methods". In early 2000s New Mobility Paradigm highlighted the inability of traditional “static methods” to study “life in motion”. Later on, new methods were introduced and traditional ones were revised, which intensified the debate on methodology of studying mobilities. This paper contributes to the ongoing discussion in three ways. Firstly, it makes the distinction between “mobile methods” and “methods of moving with”. Secondly, it analyses and compares three methods of “moving with” including popular “going along”, less known “shadowing” and almost unknown “modal analysis”. The idea to bring together three methods is to show the variety of modes of moving with and thus enrich Mobility Studies research toolkit. Thirdly, the paper summarizes the pros and cons of “moving with” (and its derivatives) as a research tool. It also puts the debate on “moving with” in a broader context of discussion on “mobile methods” and “methods of mobilities research”.
In this paper we regard exploratory abilities of mobile methods, in which movement is a part of research strategy. Authors suggest that “mobility” (movability) becomes a key characteristic of individuals and communities as objects of sociological investigation. Accounting this fact we turn to searching and mixing methodological receptions allowing to “catch” a respondent: to participate in her/his spatial practices and movements together (or in the same conditions). As an illustrative material we use results of empirical research “Ingress: urban mobile quest”.
The article presents the possibilities and limitations of cartographic methods, i.e. methods where one of the data sources are images of space or geolocation information about the studied object. These methods are most widely used in the sociology of the city. The specificity of both traditional and modern cartographic methods, which are used in various studies of urban practices, is analyzed. The basic typology of cartographic methods is given. The example of the use of cartographic methods to describe the factory areas is proposed.