Video Vision: Changing the Culture of Social Science Research

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In recent years, the use of video has soared spurring debate about the body-camera-environment connection and other concepts a social scientist considering this research tool will face. In this volume we zoom in on ethics, methodology, and analysis, while also zooming out on a wider praxis. The time is here to collectively identify our experiences, methods, and knowledge of video as a research methodology. This compilation of work unpacks the use of video as a research tool. Often through the interdisciplinary lens of environmental psychology as well as anthropology, sociology, and the broader field of psychology, fascinating angles of the use of participant and naturalistic observations are captured along with that of participatory action research. Strategies such as recording video messages, the creation of student informed videos, and facilitating videos taken by or edited by research participants are coupled with methods for obtaining Institutional Review Board approvals, analysis, development of theory or action, and presentation. This volume presents thought provoking, cutting-edge research that is both accessible to students and useful for social scientists who are yearning for a more accurate way to collect, analyze, and present data in our hyper-technical, visual, and competitive world.

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Martin Downing is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He is currently at the Center for the Psychosocial Study of Health and Illness affiliated with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Lauren Tenney is a Provost Fellow in the Psychology department at the Graduate School and University Center, CUNY and an adjunct professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She uses video in her participatory action research.

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Video Vision...speaks to a wide audience, and whilst many of the chapters discuss using video in the context of psychological research, there is enough diversity to interest sociologists, anthropologists and geographers in particular...[It] is largely successful in its mission and makes a timely and useful contribution to the all-too-scarce literature on using video in social scientific research. Video Vision should be required reading for any undergraduate or postgraduate thinking about using video in social scientific research. --Dr. Justin Spinney, University of Surrey

The editors are to be congratulated on opening up cultural analysis to a new methodology based upon the visual. This book is an important first step in refiguring the gaze of social science research. It is profoundly concerned with new areas of human subject ethics, and theoretically promising. --Dr. Joe Glick, The Graduate School and University Center at City University of New York

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