Ethnographic Drawing: Eleven Benefits of Using a Scketchbox for Fieldwork | Kuschnir | Visual Ethnography
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Ethnographic Drawing: Eleven Benefits of Using a Scketchbox for Fieldwork

Karina Kuschnir

Abstract


This article seeks to valorise and understand the potential of ethnographic drawings for anthropological fieldwork, exploring their relations to ways of making records and visual research. I argue that drawing contributes positively to anthropological research and vice-versa: researching anthropologically contributes to drawing the world about us. After a brief review of the literature, I present eleven benefits of using sketchbooks and drawings in ethnography, discussing topics related to the methodological challenges of fieldwork, such as accessibility, memory, temporality, spatiality, visual perception, forms of recording, dialogue with informants, participatory methods and the sharing of results.

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anthropology; drawing; ethnography; methodology; visual anthropology; graphics; imagery

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12835/ve2016.1-0060

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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Altrimedia Edizioni
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
Web Leonardo Di Benedetto



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