Drawing with our feet (and trampling the maps): walking with video as a graphic anthropology

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In this chapter I consider the potential of ethnographic video-making for a graphic anthropology. Departing from existing treatments of the (audio)visual in anthropology as either irrelevant or a challenge to the mainstream, I will argue that video can facilitate an alternative form of ethnographic note-taking and description. By resituating ethnographic video practices within the paradigm of a graphic anthropology, and thus understanding them in terms of lines and movement, I suggest an understanding of video-recording as a form of inscription. I explore this suggestion through the example of a series of video walks, which in themselves highlight the themes of lines and movement. Yet the principle is more widely applicable, and opens up the possibility of using video in ethnographic research in ways that support, and might be combined with, other methods for developing a graphic anthropology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRedrawing Anthropology
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Movements, Lines
EditorsTim Ingold
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315604183
ISBN (Print)9781409417743
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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