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Feeling and acting ‘different’ emotions and shifting self-perceptions whilst facilitating a participatory video process

Bignante, Elisa; Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea and Tschirhart, Céline (2016). Feeling and acting ‘different’ emotions and shifting self-perceptions whilst facilitating a participatory video process. Emotion, Space and Society, 21 pp. 5–12.

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Participatory video (PV) can raise new levels of self-perception and can contribute to forming, transforming and reconstructing the identity and visions of those involved. Although this aspect is often underlined in the PV literature, reflection on the emotional process underpinning these changes is lacking, particularly from the perspective of community researchers facilitating the PV process. Why and how does facilitating PV contribute to changing attitudes, roles and perceptions of community researchers? This paper explores these aspects by drawing on empirical material (interviews, informal conversations, participant observation, email exchanges) collected during a three-and-a-half year EU-funded project in South America where the PV process was led by five Guyanese Indigenous community researchers. We found that the community researchers working on the project had to repeatedly deal with a rollercoaster ride of emotions: from fear of failing, dissatisfaction, and social pressure; to pride, satisfaction, commitment, and belonging. The question we ask is: can PV shape emotions and emotional bonds in the community researchers in ways that render their actions more sustainable and effective across space-time? We show how the emotional force of PV practice creates ‘thick places’ where community researchers challenge their specific abilities, capacities and ambitions and develop more autonomous research skills.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Elsevier
ISSN: 1878-0040
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Environment Programme, Management of Natural Resources, DG Research and InnovationNot SetEuropean Commission 7th Framework
Keywords: Emotions; Self-perceptions; Participatory video; Identity; Indigenous; Guyana
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 55345
Depositing User: Andrea Berardi
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 15:46
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 11:07
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