The Ethnographic Moment: Event and Debate in Mediatized Fieldwork

Ohm, Britta (2013). The Ethnographic Moment: Event and Debate in Mediatized Fieldwork. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 9(3), pp. 71-97. Communication and Media Research Institute of the University of Westminster

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This article introduces the term ‘the ethnographic moment’, which takes up and ‘plays’ with the long-disputed ‘ethnographic present’ in anthropology, as an indicator of changing conditions and requirements for ethnography in the context of mass media and mediation. It argues that event and debate, rather than structure and practice, have become pivotal aspects in thinking and conducting fieldwork that has to deal with the ephemeral. At the same time, it tries to show that an unquestioning acceptance of technological advancement and speed of societal change immunizes us to the thinkable absence of media and obscures analysis of lasting states of injustice and inequality, in whose (re-)production they have a stake.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Ohm, Britta Lucia Ida

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1744-6708

Publisher:

Communication and Media Research Institute of the University of Westminster

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christiane Girardin

Date Deposited:

07 Apr 2014 14:41

Last Modified:

07 Dec 2014 20:28

Uncontrolled Keywords:

anthropology, media contents, social change, technology, time

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.45943

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/45943

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