Worthing Ethnographic

A blog of flash ethnography and anthropological understandings

Based on interview and participant-observation work around Worthing, a coastal town in West Sussex, England

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  • A Shit Night Out in Worthing
    I’m not a fan of stand-up, but we needed a group night out and I mistakenly assumed that a Black comedian would be offering something interesting to us here in melanin-starved Worthing. When he opened with an anti-royalist joke and a poke at Brexiteers, I knew we weren’t going to be getting creative absurdist monologue or Afrofuturist mould-breaking humour, but I thought we’d be fairly ok.  We weren’t. A huge contrast to last Friday’s cabaret night over at Worthing’s The Factory, where Revolver Revue served up a signature blend of humour with burlesque and some sheer daftness. 

Let’s Move to Worthing?

You were desperate to escape London, couldn’t afford Brighton & Hove and the estate agent told you that this place was ‘coming up’. Seemed as nice as anywhere else you looked at along the coast – perhaps even nicer, you’re now realising. 

Ethnographise This!

A blog of flash ethnography, based on interview and participant-observation work around Worthing, a seaside town in West Sussex, England.

Things I did, Things I do.

I write. Research. Write a bit more. Collaborate in live art. Write. Give public lectures, seminars and enrichment experiences. Write. Co-devise and deliver creative methods workshops. Write. Coach postgrad students. And write. Always at that bloody laptop. 

Caroline Osella

This blog is maintained by Caroline Osella, a social anthropologist who has lived in Worthing since 2014. 

The original blog began in April 2017 and belonged to SOAS anthropology, Unversity of London.

You can see back posts here.  WoBy reached 6000 hits a month by August 2018, when it shifted here.

Caroline is now working freelance and is a Research Associate at the University of Sussex Global Studies.