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


part 1|68 pages

Practicing the art and science of ethnographic film and video

part 2|54 pages

Applying and extending approaches and methodologies

part 3|58 pages

Developing genres and styles

chapter 13|17 pages

Interactive media

chapter 14|10 pages

Sound matters

chapter 15|9 pages

Documentary hybrids

chapter 16|10 pages

Sensory Vérité

chapter 17|10 pages


part 4|42 pages

Working with others

part 5|44 pages

Working with tools and techniques

chapter 23|9 pages


chapter 24|11 pages

360° Video

chapter 25|12 pages

Screens as film locations

part 6|44 pages

Distributing and circulating