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The Handbook of Participatory Video

Published: Thursday, 15 August 2013
By: E-J Milne, Claudia Mitchell and Naydene de Lange

The Handbook of Participatory Video

Participatory video is a growing area of research and an increasingly popular tool among researchers and NGOs working with communities around the world. The Handbook of Participatory Video advances the field, engaging critically with it as a research methodology and method and interrogating assumptions about its emancipatory nature and potential for social change.

In twenty-eight chapters, contributors examine historical, ethical, methodological, and technical aspects of participatory video and discuss power, ownership, and knowledge production. The Handbook is organized into six parts: Locating Participatory Video, Participatory Video as a Critical Research Methodology, Working with Visual Data, Power and Ethics in Participatory Video, Dissemination and Reaching New Audiences, and Communities and Technologies. This benchmark work takes an interdisciplinary and global approach and will be invaluable to researchers, practitioners, and students.


Much more than an overview, this Handbook advances the field of participatory video methodology in careful, determined, critical and sophisticated ways. Its interdisciplinarity, global scope, and array of rich examples are impressive and instructive as contributors highlight latent ethical and reflexive dimensions by revealing, identifying, and assessing previously unexamined assumptions to promote a firmer foundation for future work.

Richard Chalfen, Center on Media and Child Health, Boston Children’s Hospital
The Handbook of Participatory Video provides interdisciplinary insight into using and doing participatory video research, serving up both nuanced and broad-ranging perspectives on the theoretical, ethical, and methodological concerns in working with participatory video, as well as the tremendous opportunities, challenges, and benefits of such research. This work is a welcome overview of participatory video research and represents a major contribution that will be of significant interest and benefit to anyone interested in this type of work.

Jonathan Marion, president-elect of Society for Visual Anthropology and assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

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