Visual ethnography to study people in wide range of settings. Researching the life and human behavior ‘to convey the inner life and texture of the diverse social enclaves and personal circumstances of societies’. Jackson, 1985, 157.
Eduardo Gonzalez Santos, ethnographer. Ethnography can be simply defined as “…the observation, description, depiction and/or representation of lived social experience.”.
Ethnography: “Involves a field-based study lengthy enough to surface people’s everyday norms, rituals, and routines in detail.” Robert K. Yin.
“In qualitative research, researchers combine visual media and ethnographic research to provide purposeful presentations of meaning relating to social occurrences.” Sarah Pink.
Given the nature of the ‘intrusiveness’ that ethnographic approaches normally adopt, good reasons have to be given for ‘interfering’ in people’s lives to such an extent. The question “Is this research really necessary?” is essentially an ethical one. European Commission. Research Ethics in Ethnography/Anthropology. Dr Ron Iphofen AcSS.
‘Understand’ human behaviour
A record about culture
About society, culture and Individuals
Camera in anthropology
Characteristics of individual people
Describe life as it is lived
Ethnographic research and representation
Fragmentations of social life
Gender, age, race and ethnicity
Genealogy of visual ethnography
Human events may reflect multiple realities
Human society and civilization
Humanity, culture and social life
Interactions between or among people
Methodological tool in social research
Photographs in ethnographic research
Photography as a research tool
Photography's contribution to ethnography
Pictures in field research
Pointing to social conditions
Qualitative research studies
Realities of life
Relating to social occurrences
Research and representation
Researching the life and human behavior
Spatial, and cultural contexts
Stages in individual life cycle
Systematic ethnographic work
Tools for ethnographic research
Variants of qualitative research