Archive for the ‘Theory Video’ Category

Faded Jeans

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

In summer 2009, I lived in an all-male safehouse in Tijuana, Mexico where I conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the individual experience of deportation. “Faded Jeans” is about my personal experience as a Latina woman framed in the theory of feminist ethnography.

Analisia Stewart, Producer
Medical Anthropology graduate student
University of Colorado, Denver
analisia.stewart@email.ucdenver.edu

Course Project
Current Theory in Ethnography
Marty Otañez, Instructor, Fall 2010

A Medical Gaze

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

This visual narrative explores the social consequences of the U.S. medical system’s business incentive to utilize the body as capital gain. The video utilizes visual ethnography, critical theory, applied ethnography and reflexive narrative to demonstrate the U. S. mainstream medical community’s objectification of “bodies” as resource and disregard of individual preference through “medical gaze”.

Michel Foucault concepts of “body” and “medical gaze” are utilized in this video to highlight that by entering the field of knowledge, the human body concurrently entered the field of power, becoming a target for manipulation. In this instance, visual/critical ethnography is utilized to motivate “consumers” to exercise self-determination in the management of their healthcare. Shared knowledge surrounding the body in healthcare means shared power, particularly surrounding the amount/quality of life care in relation to classic biomedical criteria.

B. Alex McKeon, Producer
Medical Anthropology M.A. Student
University of Colorado Denver
Brittany.McKeon@ucdenver.edu

Course Project
Current Theory in Ethnography
Marty Otañez, Instructor, Fall 2010

Paleoanthropology’s Science Fallacy

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Paleoanthropology is depicted as a discipline that relies extremely heavily on science, often omitting cultural and reflexive frameworks from its research. When reflexive theories that are more commonly found in ethnography are used, the limited body of data can be more accurately interpreted.

Andrew Vorsanger, Producer
Anthropology Graduate Student
University of Colorado, Denver
Andrew.Vorsanger@gmail.com

Course Project
Current Theory in Ethnography
Marty Otañez, Instructor, Fall 2010

A FIELD

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

“A Field” is centered on the narratives of individuals from the Middle East that are involved with Seeds of Peace International, a conflict-resolution organization. The video highlights the story of Tamara—a young Palestinian girl from a refugee camp in Jenin—as she shares her background and meets individuals from the ‘other side’ of her conflict for the first time. The video is framed with anthropological theories of a field and habitus as well as consideration of an ethnographic field as a conceptual space.

Sarah Norton, Producer
Medical Anthropology graduate student
University of Colorado, Denver
colosaran@gmail.com

Course Project, Current Theory in Ethnography
Marty Otañez, Instructor, Fall 2010