In this article I draw from my research about gender, identity, and the
home, to discuss the visual and the other senses in ethnographic
experience and anthropological representation. First, I discuss how
visual ethnographic research might appreciate the sensory nature of
experience. Seeing the home as both the context and subject of ﬁeld-
work, I shall introduce the idea of the ‘sensory home’. This refers to
the home as a domain composed of different sensory elements (smell,
touch, taste, vision, sound) that is simultaneously understood and
created through the sensory experience and manipulation of these
elements. I then explore how such visual and sensory research might
best be represented as text that is conversant with mainstream
anthropology. I shall suggest that while ﬁlm and writing have both
tackled this theme, hypermedia offers new possibilities that might
bridge the gap between written and visual anthropology.
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