Study and interpretation of social organisations and cultures in everyday life
Ethnography is the study and interpretation of social organisations and cultures in everyday life. It is a research-based methodology, and when this research is conducted using photography, video or film, it is called visual ethnography- Tate.org.uk
- Involves mainly field work
- It can be non- participant observation or participant observation
- Non- participant- as unobtrusive as possible, taken from afar. No contact with the subject. No active participation
- Participant – aim is to gain a close and intimate familiarity with a given group of individuals (such as a religious, occupational, sub cultural group, or a particular community) and their practices through an intensive involvement with people in their cultural environment, usually over an extended period of time.
- Uses visual media to document research
- Jeremy Deller- Battle of Orgreave