Photo Essay: “It’s gonna be me there in the picture”. An attempt to understand audio-visual forms of self-representation by African migrants in Switzerland.

Mooser, Sandra (2016). Photo Essay: “It’s gonna be me there in the picture”. An attempt to understand audio-visual forms of self-representation by African migrants in Switzerland. Tsantsa(21), pp. 155-165. Seismo

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The anthropologist Victor Turner (1987: 81) once defined humans as homo performans. This implies that people are «essentially performing creatures who constitute and sustain their identities and collectively enact their worlds through roles and rituals» (Conquergood 1983: 27). Nowadays, the media are an often frequented public space for such identity enactments. However, audio-visual media are not just a vivid platform for representations, they are also a useful research tool. They are especially well suited to study human performances because they not only present lived experience but also facilitate the expression of imaginary as well as emotional parts of the self. As Sarah Pink (2001: 5) writes, a research approach which includes audio-visual methods recognizes «the interwovenness of objects, texts, images and technologies in people’s everyday lives and identities».

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Mooser, Sandra

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1420-7834

Publisher:

Seismo

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sandra Rita Mooser

Date Deposited:

22 May 2017 11:00

Last Modified:

03 Nov 2019 16:06

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.96422

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/96422

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