Researcher with a movie camera: visual ethnography in the field

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Rakić, Tijana and Chambers, Donna (2010) Researcher with a movie camera: visual ethnography in the field Current Issues in Tourism, 12 (3). pp. 255-270. ISSN 1368-3500

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Abstract

This paper seeks to ‘promote’ the use of moving image visual ethnography within tourism research while concurrently acknowledging the methodological and practical challenges inherent in the use of this method. The paper introduces Dziga Vertov's1929groundbreaking film ‘The Man With the Movie Camera’ and argues that a certain parallel can be drawn between the film and contemporary moving image visual ethnography in so far as the latter is, like Vertov's film, about the glimpses of the everyday as perceived by the researcher/filmmaker. Important within this context is the role of the ‘self’ of the researcher, something further explored through a case study of academic filmmaking, a project which investigates the construction and consumption of images of Greekness by visitors to the Athenian Acropolis. This case also highlights the practical challenges involved in adopting this method and investigates various filming techniques which could successfully be used by tourism researchers to either ‘collect data’ or create ethnographic documentaries, which can in turn be used for a range of other academic and pedagogic purposes. The paper concludes that being a ‘researcher with a movie camera’ although challenging can prove to be remarkably fruitful and rewarding, especially in the context of tourism studies.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N830 UK Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N840 International Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N860 Tourism Management
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N500 Marketing > N580 Tourism and Travel Marketing
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N890 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management not elsewhere classified
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P303 Film Studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P313 Film production
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W600 Photography and Film > W610 Moving Image Techniques > W613 Film & Sound Recording
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/13683500802401972
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2016 03:03
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 08:50
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/15032

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