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Praxisgeschulte Sehfertigkeit: Zur Fundierung audiovisueller Verfahren in der visuellen Soziologie

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Translated title of the contributionPractice-trained visability : on the methodological foundation of video-analysis in visual sociology
Journal publication date2013
JournalSoziale Welt
Number of pages19
Original languageGerman


Video recordings offer great advantages for qualitative social science research. They do, however, come with tricky limitations. The paper picks up on the debate about prudent use of video recordings in sociological research, sounding out the specific potential of this instrument of inquiry, analysis and presentation (of findings). Looking at research on "professional vision" in science studies we try to outline the constructive nature of these practices, which manufacture visual traces into evidence. In order to avoid implicit realism we argue for taking seriously practice-trained vis-ability as a necessary anchor point for the use of video recordings (in qualitative social research). Such an approach allows the researcher to take advantage of technical conservation and equally to reflect its principles of construction. Only in this way is it possible to see through the camera and at the same time past it.