Behind the Eye: Reflexive Methods in Culture Studies, Ethnographic Film, and Visual Media, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Behind the Eye

Reflexive Methods in Culture Studies, Ethnographic Film, and Visual Media, 1st Edition

By Toril Jenssen


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Paperback: 9788789825922
pub: 2009-08-01
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How is film used in research, and what are the implications of using audio-visual material in the development of scientific knowledge? This book confronts the strategies and challenges of using film in research contexts with a focus on the concept of reflexivity and the relationship between the researcher and informant. Jenssen examines reflexivity with respect to specific social science methodologies and to the cultural forms of expression of modernity. She also covers the historical role of visual media in knowledge production and in the communication and dissemination of research, and shows how visual media underpin important aesthetic and ethical issues related to the construction of social life. This book is an accessible and provocative read for those in media studies and visual anthropology, as well as for all scholars and students who use film in research.


"Jenssen's book is written in a way that even an advanced undergraduate course should be able to incorporate with ease…. Any graduate student interested in this topic should be required to read this book. This book has many strengths, particularly serving as a tool for opening discussion, and providing clarity to a seemingly abstract way of conducting research."

--Visual Studies

Table of Contents


1. Science and visual communication

2. Approaching art

3. Ethnographic film and the development of knowledge: The basis of experience

4. Reflexivity in qualitative social science

5. Reflexivity as a social and cultural phenomenon

6. Ethics and the visualised other

7. The dance of the dead souls

8. The gaze of multiplicity


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General