Standing in Public Places: An Ethno-Zenic Experiment Aimed at Developing the Sociological Imagination and More Besides … Cover Image

Standing in Public Places: An Ethno-Zenic Experiment Aimed at Developing the Sociological Imagination and More Besides …
Standing in Public Places: An Ethno-Zenic Experiment Aimed at Developing the Sociological Imagination and More Besides …

Author(s): Krzysztof T. Konecki
Subject(s): Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Methodology and research technology, Applied Sociology
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Keywords: qualitative methods; Zen Buddhism; public places; lived order; contemplative sociology; ethnomethodology

Summary/Abstract: This article describes and analyses an ethno-Zenic experiment consisting of standing motionless in public places (for example, at the entrance to a shopping mall, in front of a petrol station, a bank or a shop, or on a street corner). The research was inspired by an ethnomethodological approach to lived order and psychological knowledge—derived from Buddhism—on how the mind works. Some inspiration was also drawn from symbolic interactionism. The experiment was aimed first at discovering the basic assumptions underlying our everyday activities. A second and more important goal was to deconstruct the work of the mind, especially with respect to the process of the looking-glass self and ‘producing’ emotions. The article also discusses the use of the self-study method (ethno-Zenic experiments) to deconstruct the mind as part of a lived order in a certain location and, in the wake of that, mindfulness.

  • Issue Year: 53/2017
  • Issue No: 06
  • Page Range: 881-902
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English