|Author(s)||Christian Meier zu Verl, René Tuma|
|Title||Video Analysis and Ethnographic Knowledge: An Empirical Study of Video Analysis Practices|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Ethnography, Video analysis, Methodology, Data sessions, Reenactments, Knowledge|
|Journal||Journal of Contemporary Ethnography|
This paper discusses the practical foundations of ethnographically informed video analysis by investigating empirically one of the core activities of video research in sociology: the video data session. Most discussions are shaped by methodological considerations, little is known however about actual video analysis practices. By making these practices itself an object of analysis, we do show how interpretation is a social and communicative activity. In doing so, we highlight different forms of knowledge that are a resource for and topic of ethnography and video analysis. To frame our argument, we discuss the current methodological discourse on videography. Subsequently, we focus on empirical video data from video data sessions of a research network in order to discover the details of video analysis practices. We conclude this paper by highlighting our empirical findings: Video analysis is carried out communicatively by labelling knowledge, creating quotable objects through bodily reenactments, translating professional knowledge, and reassessing irritations.