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The challenges and opportunities of participatory video in geographical research: exploring collaboration with indigenous communities in the North Rupununi, Guyana

Mistry, Jayalaxshmi and Berardi, Andrea (2012). The challenges and opportunities of participatory video in geographical research: exploring collaboration with indigenous communities in the North Rupununi, Guyana. Area, 44(1) pp. 110–116.

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Abstract

Participatory video, a methodological approach with a history in social and community development, is increasingly being used in geographic research. In this paper, we reflect on the dual processes of research and participatory video and discuss some of the challenges, struggles as well as successes during the process of using participatory video as a means of creating and communicating geographical knowledge. Working within a natural resource management context with indigenous communities in the North Rupununi district of Guyana, we trace our participatory video research journey and highlight some of the tensions as well as opportunities arising through the participatory video process. We conclude that if an adaptive research approach is taken when doing participatory video research, it can engender greater enabling outcomes for research participants, while at the same time produce more nuanced and grounded academic research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Authors
ISSN: 1475-4762
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
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Keywords: Guyana; participatory video; geographic research; participation; communication; indigenous geographies
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 31664
Depositing User: Andrea Berardi
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 11:20
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2014 10:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/31664
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