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.

chapter 1|12 pages


ByPhillip Vannini

part Part 1|68 pages

Practicing the art and science of ethnographic film and video

chapter 2|15 pages

Defining ethnographic film

ByP. Kerim Friedman

chapter 3|10 pages

Theorizing in/of ethnographic film

ByJenny Chio

chapter 4|9 pages

Filming the Other

ByStephanie Spray

chapter 5|12 pages

The new art of ethnographic filmmaking

ByChristopher Wright

chapter 6|10 pages

Beyond ethnographic representation

ByRobert Willim

chapter 7|10 pages

From ethnographic media to multimodality

BySamuel Gerald Collins, Matthew Durington

part Part 2|54 pages

Applying and extending approaches and methodologies

chapter 8|12 pages

Ethnomethodological approaches

ByAsta Cekaite

chapter 9|11 pages

Oral history, visual ethnography, and the interactive documentary

ByKathleen M. Ryan, David Staton

chapter 10|10 pages

Visual psychological anthropology

ByRobert Lemelson, Annie Tucker

chapter 11|10 pages

Video diaries

ByCharlotte Bates

chapter 12|9 pages

Feminist and queer approaches

ByMolly Merryman

part Part 3|58 pages

Developing genres and styles

chapter 13|17 pages

Interactive media

ByPeter Biella

chapter 14|10 pages

Sound matters

ByAlexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

chapter 15|9 pages

Documentary hybrids

ByLorenzo Ferrarini

chapter 16|10 pages

Sensory Vérité

ByKathy Kasic

chapter 17|10 pages


ByAnne Harris

part Part 4|42 pages

Working with others

chapter 18|9 pages

Respect, integrity, trust

ByPaul Wolffram

chapter 19|10 pages

Participation, reception, consent, and refusal

ByArjun Shankar

chapter 20|10 pages

Collaborative post-production

ByJasper Chalcraft, Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji

chapter 21|11 pages

Filming with nonhumans

BySarah Abbott

part Part 5|44 pages

Working with tools and techniques

chapter 22|10 pages

Mobile video methods and wearable cameras

ByKatrina M. Brown, Petra Lackova

chapter 23|9 pages


ByAdam Fish

chapter 24|11 pages

360° Video

ByMark R. Westmoreland

chapter 25|12 pages

Screens as film locations

BySteffen Köhn

part Part 6|44 pages

Distributing and circulating

chapter 26|12 pages

How to Distribute Your Ethnographic Film

ByHarjant S. Gill

chapter 27|9 pages

Circulating ethnographic films in the digital age

ByEthiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan

chapter 28|11 pages

Ethnographic film/video as a graduate thesis

ByCatherine Gough-Brady

chapter 29|10 pages

Ethnographic Film Festivals

ByCarlo Cubero

part |32 pages


chapter 30|23 pages

Everything you’ve always wanted to ask ethnographic filmmaker but never had a chance to

A roundtable discussion
ByPhillip Vannini, Peter Biella, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Carlo Cubero, Lorenzo Ferrarini, Harjant Gill, Kathy Kasic, Molly Merryman, Mark Westmoreland, Christopher Wright

chapter 31|7 pages


The world according to Rouch
ByPaul Stoller