This web site contains a selection of past and present writings, supported by picture galleries, videos and other material generated by my research. I am an urban ethnographer by trade and have worked mostly with young people and communities in East London, charting the impact of structural and demographic change on their everyday experience, and the stories they tell about the past, present and future of this area. My work draws on concepts and methods from a range of approaches in the human sciences, including anthropology, actor-network theory, psychoanalysis, narratology and cultural geography. I have always been concerned to relate my research to educational and political issues, and to create a dialogic framework for the research process.
The site is organised into the following sections as listed in the navigation bar above.
New material will be added on a regular basis to each of these sections and through my blog I also hope to comment from time to time on cultural and political issues of the day.
London and Wivenhoe
Please feel free to contact me using this link or the link above.
Announcing my latest book!
A deliberately hybrid text, the fruit of a partnership over many years between a poet/ethnographer and a painter who have mutually enriched each other’s understanding of the meaning of place, Graphologies takes a line of thought for a walk across poetry and the visual arts, autobiography and fiction, cultural and literary studies, exploring the emotional and narrative hinterlands of the commonplace.
‘In this courageous book, Phil Cohen and Jean McNeil stretch the conventional boundaries of artistic genres to create a truly imaginative and illuminating approach to the idea of place’- CAROLE SATYAMURTI
Read more about the book at: GraphologiesI would like to acknowledge those who have been essential to the creation of this website: Norman Dallura (Dallura Web Design), Donald Nicholson Smith (editorial consultant) and Jane Mullins (copy editing).