Critiquing Participatory Video

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This presentation critiques Participatory Video and questions some underlying assumptions about the emancipatory nature of the video-making process. Do ask for the full paper if you are interested

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Critiquing Participatory Video

  1. 1. QuickTime™ decompresso are needed to seeUnderstandings from the Process:How does PV affect the agency ofwomen? - Namita Singh
  2. 2. How and Where: The lens and its focus• PV - my Practice and Research• Ground Zero - Akshara in Mumbai and Mahita in Hyderabad, India• The PV Projects - For local social change• The freedom and critical perspective equation - through young women participants• Factors I explore - Viability and sustainability
  3. 3. Methodology: How I did, what I did (last summer!)• Participatory Observation• Interviews• Focus Groups• Participatory Video
  4. 4. Agency in Context: It all makes Sen’s…!• Citizen’s participation and agency• Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach• The ability ‘To do’ and ‘To be’
  5. 5. The Video-Making: Shoot to skill…• Representation• Raising Issues• Engagement with Communities
  6. 6. Representation: Mirror, mirror on the wall …• Is Representation essentially empowering?• What about Reality and Aspirations?• Resisting and Accepting Gender Norms• Multiple performative identities
  7. 7. Raising Issues: What say you…?• How to balance support and domination?• Need to choose between product quality and participants’ agency?• The freedom and critical perspective equation
  8. 8. Being with Communities : The Engagement Ring• From harassment to respect• From hostility to trust• Community engagement as a source of agency• The focus - wide angle or community oriented?
  9. 9. PV in Research: Shooting from my lip …• Representation: Balancing reality and aspirations, resistance and acceptance of gender norms• Raising Issues: Treading between research agendas and participants’ objectives• Being with communities: ‘My’ audience; ‘Their’ audience
  10. 10. The Understanding : To be or not to be…• Agency as the focus - understanding the contribution of participatory processes in development• Video or participants - choosing between the product and the process• PV as Technique or PV for Sustaining Agency - focusing on furthering change

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