10 December 2018

New paper on blind navigation in urban environments

Brian Due and Simon Bierring Lange have published a new article in Sociological Research Online. The title of the paper is Troublesome Objects: Unpacking Ocular-Centrism in Urban Environments by Studying Blind Navigation Using Video Ethnography and Ethnomethodology. The article reports on research into the navigational practices of blind and visually impaired people in urban environments.

The members of this community encounter many types of obstacles, but this article focuses on ‘unpredictable inanimate moveable objects’. The analyses are based on recorded video material from ‘naturally occurring’ walks in a Danish urban area and are informed by ethnomethodology, with a focus on how blind or visually impaired people navigate and deal with trouble sources.