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    Video-Ethnography and Critical Research for More Democratic Urbanization: The Case of Milan's Chinatown

    Manzo, Lidia (2017) Video-Ethnography and Critical Research for More Democratic Urbanization: The Case of Milan's Chinatown. Visual Anthropology, 30 (3). pp. 206-221. ISSN 0894-9468

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    This article reflects on the notion of urban democracy through a video-ethnographic study of the conflicts that followed the 2007 riots in Milan’s Chinese neighborhood. I explore how the theoretical and methodological union of critical urban ethnographies with social documentary techniques can contribute to praxis for more democratic urbanization. Through selected video-ethnographic vignettes, I discuss how such an approach involves issues of ethics, voice, form and politics. The documentary exposes the material effects of inequality and domination in a unique and vivid manner; it also offers alternatives and encourages the ethnographer to assume a clear position in intervening on hegemonic practices. The conclusion explains how the production and consumption of such video-ethnographies affect the social, moral and, most importantly, political perception of a particular urban setting.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Video Ethnography; Critical Research; Democratic Urbanization; Milan’s Chinatown;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 8150
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    Depositing User: Lidia Manzo
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 15:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Visual Anthropology
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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