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Recording Culture

Recording Culture
Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience

September 2008 | 104 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience is the first book to explore audio documentary as a research method. Authors Daniel Makagon and Mark Neumann demonstrate that audio documentary based in the practices of fieldwork increases the potential for researchers to reach academic and popular audiences and work collaboratively with people in the pursuit and representation of knowledge and experience.

Recording Culture: Audio Documentary and the Ethnographic Experience is paired with a companion Web site at that contains links to exemplary audio ethnographies.

1. Writing Culture and Recording Culture
2. Sonic Compositions
3. The Citizen Storyteller

Recommended this text for geography students (Ma.) is a class about social media geography. Gave some valuable background information and helped to prepare my students for upcoming classes, like "geographic documentation".

Dr Torsten Wißmann
Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
August 25, 2012

This book is a valuable addition to the books available in the context of audio within the creative industries.

Ms Deborah Dickinson
Creative Industries, City University
May 22, 2012

perfect fieldwork guide and probably the best ethnographic manual for audio work within the field.

Dr Stefan Zimmermann
Geography, University of Osnabruck
November 15, 2011

This concise textbook admirably combines theoretical reflection and plentiful practical advice for undertaking audio research. The level at which the discussion is pitched is certainly suitable for latter stage undergraduates. I like that the authors emphasise and explain the contribution audio documentary can make to an activist mode of research. However, the specialist nature of the research methods dealt with mean that I cannot recommend it as a key course text. The book will be of most use to my students as an introduction to less frequently used ethnographic methods incorporating sound.

Dr Patrick Turner
Department of Education, London Metropolitan University
May 6, 2011

Provides some useful background for individuals investigating paractice.

Jane Jackson
Educational Psychology , The Open University
September 6, 2010

Excellent book for advanced qual

Anna Wilson
Education Dept, Chapman University - Orange
October 26, 2009
Key features
  • Encourages readers to critically listen to their sites of analysis and the people they study
  • Offers an ethnographic alternative that moves beyond the written form
  • Provides researchers with a broader historical context for recording culture projects
  • Offers students a better sense of ethnography's relationship to popular documentary fieldwork
  • Includes creative sonic fieldwork projects
  • Demonstrates how audio documentary as a qualitative fieldwork practice can be connected to public life and community-building as citizen storytelling
  • Offers a practical guide to getting started in the Appendix

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