Embodied reflexivity: Sharing and transformation in teaching visual anthropology

Poltorak, Mike (2018) Embodied reflexivity: Sharing and transformation in teaching visual anthropology. In: Leigh, Jennifer S, ed. Conversations on embodiment across higher education: practice, teaching, and research. Routledge Research in Higher Education . Routledge, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-1-138-29004-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The integration of the content and critical reflection of the production of documentaries into teaching visual anthropology can enhance and transform students’ learning as well as their own video productions. Using the three positions of spectator, co-creator and protagonist in relation to video production in the community of Ängsbacka in Sweden I reflect on the relationship between sharing and embodiment and its value in teaching. Encouraging this pedagogical approach, I suggest it offers transformative opportunities for students to experience reflexivity, share insights and work collaboratively in ways that inform their projects and from which they can act with greater confidence and glean significant insights through making a short anthropological documentary. In conclusion, if embodiment is the ‘existential basis of self’, then speaking and acting from embodied experience can be regarded as a methodology and vital mode of communication.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Mike Poltorak
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2018 07:54 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 21:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68825 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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