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The Routledge International Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video

Edited By

Phillip Vannini

ISBN 9780367185824
Published April 15, 2020 by Routledge
380 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge International Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video is a state-of-the-art book which encompasses the breadth and depth of the field of ethnographic film and video-based research. With more and more researchers turning to film and video as a key element of their projects, and as research video production becomes more practical due to technological advances as well as the growing acceptance of video in everyday life, this critical book supports young researchers looking to develop the skills necessary to produce meaningful ethnographic films and videos, and serves as a comprehensive resource for social scientists looking to better understand and appreciate the unique ways in which film and video can serve as ways of knowing and as tools of knowledge mobilization.

Comprised of 31 chapters authored by some of the world’s leading experts in their respective fields, the book’s contributors synthesize existing literature, introduce the historical and conceptual dimensions of the field, illustrate innovative methodologies and techniques, survey traditional and new technologies, reflect on ethics and moral imperatives, outline ways to work with people, objects, and tools, and shape the future agenda of the field. With a particular focus on making ethnographic film and video, as opposed to analyzing or critiquing it, from a variety of methodological approaches and styles, the Handbook provides both a comprehensive introduction and up-to-date survey of the field for a vast variety of audiovisual researchers, such as scholars and students in sociology, anthropology, geography, communication and media studies, education, cultural studies, film studies, visual arts, and related social science and humanities. As such, it will appeal to a multidisciplinary and international audience, and features a dynamic, forward-thinking, innovative, and contemporary focus oriented toward the very latest developments in the field, as well as future possibilities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Phillip Vannini

Part 1: Practicing the Art and Science of Ethnographic Film and Video


2. Defining Ethnographic Film

P. Kerim Friedman

3. Theorizing in/of Ethnographic Film

Jenny Chio

4. Filming the Other

Stephanie Spray

5. The New Art of Ethnographic Filmmaking

Christopher Wright

6. Beyond Ethnographic Representation

Robert Willim

7. From Ethnographic Media to Multimodality

Samuel Gerald Collins and Matthew Durington

Part 2: Applying and Extending Approaches and Methodologies


8. Ethnomethodological Approaches

Asta Cekaite

9. Oral History, Visual Ethnography, and the Interactive Documentary

Kathleen M. Ryan and David Staton

10. Visual Psychological Anthropology

Robert Lemelson and Annie Tucker

11. Video Diaries

Charlotte Bates

12. Feminist and Queer Approaches

Molly Merryman

Part 3: Developing Genres and Styles


13. Interactive Media

Peter Biella

14. Sound Matters

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

15. Documentary Hybrids

Lorenzo Ferrarini

16. Sensory Vérité

Kathy Kasic

17. Ethnocinema

Anne Harris

Part 4: Working with Others


18. Respect, Integrity, Trust

Paul Wolffram

19. Participation, Reception, Consent, and Refusal

Arjun Shankar

20. Collaborative Post-production

Jasper Chalcraft and Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji

21. Filming with Non-humans

Sarah Abbott

Part 5: Working with Tools and Techniques


22. Mobile Video Methods and Wearable Cameras

Katrina Brown and Petra Lackova

23. Drones

Adam Fish

24. 360° Video

Mark Westmoreland

25. Screens as Film Locations

Steffen Köhn

Part 6: Distributing and Circulating


26, How to Distribute your Ethnographic Film

Harjant Gill

27. Circulating Ethnographic Films in the Digital Age

E. Gabriel Dattatreyan

28. Ethnographic Film/Video as a Graduate Thesis

Catherine Gough-Brady

29. Ethnographic Film Festivals

Carlo Cubero


30. Everything you’ve always wanted to ask Ethnographic Filmmaker but never had a chance to: A Roundtable Discussion

Phillip Vannini, Peter Biella, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Carlo Cubero, Lorenzo Ferrarini, Harjant Gill, Kathy Kasic, Molly Merryman, Mark Westmoreland, and Chris Wright

31. Conclusion: The World According to Rouch

Paul Stoller

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Phillip Vannini is a Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada, as well as Canada Research Chair in Public Ethnography. He is the author/editor of 15 books, including recent methodological texts such as Doing Public Ethnography and Non-Representational Methodologies. Vannini’s research interests, typically pursued from an ethnographic approach, span the fields of social and cultural geographies, cultural studies, and sociology.


"This deeply fascinating, incisive and well-edited collection reframes the theoretical, aesthetic, methodological, ethical and social landscape of ethnographic film. These essays come across as both collectively cutting-edge and instant staple references individually - no easy feat for a book that spans geographic and disciplinary boundaries." - Bradley L. Garrett, University of Sydney, Australia

"Comprehensive and engaging, this Handbook is essential reading not just for filmmakers but all ethnographers. From the clarification of the ethnographic film concept, through the presentation of essential approaches and the elaboration of both theoretical and practical tools, these chapters cover the full range of issues with which every ethnographic filmmaker should be familiar." - Wesley Shrum, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

"The contributions in this volume, while firmly rooted in (visual) anthropology, invite to take seriously the entanglements of ethnographic film with political concerns, feminist studies, posthumanism, emotion and affect theories. As such, this book is a refreshing and necessary affirmation of ethnographic film as an interdisciplinary, sensuous and critical field." - Domitilla Olivieri, Utrecht University, Netherlands