Video diaries: audio-visual research methods and the elusive body

Bates, Charlotte. 2013. Video diaries: audio-visual research methods and the elusive body. Visual Studies, 28(1), pp. 29-37. ISSN 1472-586X [Article]

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The contemporary rise of body studies has led sociologists to take embodiment seriously, however, the issue of methodology in relation to the body remains largely under-explored. This article addresses the concern to capture the elusive body from a methodological perspective and discusses the video diary as a novel device for attending to bodily experience. The article considers how observation is redesigned through the video camera and describes the different ways in which bodily experience can be represented on screen. Using examples from video diaries made by participants in a multi-method study of the body, health and illness in everyday life, it shows how video diaries can contribute to an embodied sociology by making the body visibly, audibly and viscerally present.

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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Visual Studies, 2013, Vol. 28, No. 1, 29–37, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:

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18 Oct 2013 08:10

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