1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video

Edited By Phillip Vannini Copyright 2020
    380 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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