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Media ethnography for busy People: Introducing students to the ethnographic approach in media-related syllabi
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5247-8212
2016 (English)In: Politics, Civil Society and Participation: Media and Communications in a Transforming Environment / [ed] Leif Kramp, Nico Carpentier, Andreas Hepp, Richard Kilborn, Risto Kunelius, Hannu Nieminen, Tobias Olsson, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Ilija Tomanić Trivundža and Simone Tosoni, Bremen: edition lumière, 2016, 337-347 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Teaching the ethnographic approach is a challenging effort in higher education due to the increasing time constraints that characterize current academia. A debate about how to teach ethnography is therefore particularly urgent. As a contribution to foster this debate, this article presents and discusses a practical exercise, first tested at the SuSo 2015 Summer School. The method is based on taking pictures of media practices, texts and technologies in public spaces. The mediation of the camera allows students to engage with the field and to experiment with the ‘denaturalizing’ vision that generally characterizes eth-nographic approaches to media use and consumption. This reflexive stance is further fostered by a classroom discussion on the practice of observation and on the materials produced. In this way, the exercise aims at an acceptable com-promise between the reduced time available for teaching and the advantages of allowing students to personally experience the practicalities of method

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Bremen: edition lumière, 2016. 337-347 p.
, Researching and Teaching Communication Book Series, ISSN 1736-4752 ; 11
Keyword [en]
pedagogy, media ethnography, visual ethnography, photography, denaturalization
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31090ISBN: 978-3-943245-54-7OAI: diva2:1044871
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-00784
Available from: 2016-11-07 Created: 2016-11-07 Last updated: 2016-11-07Bibliographically approved

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