This interdisciplinary collection provides a set of innovative and inventive approaches to the use of video as a research method. Building on the development of visual methods across the social sciences, it highlights a range of possibilities for making and working with video data. The collection showcases different video methods, including video diaries, video go-alongs, time-lapse video, mobile devices, multi-angle video recording, video ethnography, and ethnographic documentary. Each method is presented through a case study, showing how it can be used in practice. The authors offer pragmatic advice and discuss practical issues, including equipment, techniques and skills, analysis, and presentation. They also show how video methods can be used in a range of different contexts – at train stations, on bicycles, in schools, outdoors, and in museums – to investigate worlds that are visible, audible, tangible, and in motion. In doing so, they illuminate the theoretical possibilities that video methods offer for researching the body, identity, everyday life, affect, time, and space.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Putting Things in Motion Charlotte Bates 1. Intimate Encounters: Making Video Diaries About Embodied Everyday Life Charlotte Bates 2. Atmospheres of Arrival/Departure and Multi-Angle Video Recording: Reflections from St Pancras and Gare du Nord Paul Simpson 3. The Mobile Life of Screens: Digital Imaging on School Journeys in Helsinki Kim Kullman 4. Witnessing Craft: Employing Video Ethnography to Attend to the More-Than-Human Craft Practices of Taxidermy Merle Patchett 5. Close Encounters: Using Mobile Video Ethnography to Understand Human-Animal Relations Katrina M. Brown and Esther Banks 6. Jumps, Stutters, Blurs and Other Failed Images: Using Time-Lapse Video in Cycling Research Katrina Jungnickel 7. Creative Video Ethnographies: Video Methodologies of Urban Exploration Bradley L. Garrett and Harriet Hawkins 8. Working with Sound in Video: Producing an Experimental Documentary About School Spaces Michael Gallagher 9. "Everything Is Going On at the Same Time": The Place of Video in Social Research Installations Britt Hatzius and Nina Wakeford 10. Life Off Grid: Considerations for a Multi-Sited, Public Ethnographic Film Jonathan Taggart and Phillip Vannini Afterword: Video Methods Beyond Representation: Experimenting with Multimodal, Sensuous, Affective Intensities in the 21st Century Phillip Vannini
Charlotte Bates gained her Ph.D. in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, with a thesis entitled Vital Bodies: A Visual Sociology of Health and Illness in Everyday Life. Her work has been published in Sociological Research Online and Visual Studies.