Institutional Life in Making: Methodological Reflections on the Use of Video Recordings in Qualitative Research

Author: Monika Wilińska
Institution: Jönköping University
Year of publication: 2020
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Pages: 38-55
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PDF: kie/128/kie12803.pdf

Qualitative research is always about some form of intervention into the real world, however that intervention is always mediated by various material practices employed in the research process. This article engages with material practices accompanying research to discuss the ways in which they influence the research process, the observed and the observer. More specifically, this article attends to the use of video technology in qualitative research to reflect upon the material practices that not only make the world visible but also shed light on the research process through which such worlds become known. Reflections from research on institutions and institutional life are used to demonstrate points of interaction that transform the worlds of research and the worlds of everyday life.


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