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Pehkonen, S., Rauniomaa, M., & Siitonen, P. (2021). Participating researcher or researching participant? On possible positions of the researcher in the collection (and analysis) of mobile video data. Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality, 4(2).

Participating researcher or researching participant? : on possible positions of the researcher in the collection (and analysis) of mobile video data

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Author: Pehkonen, Samu1,2; Rauniomaa, Mirka2; Siitonen, Pauliina2
Organizations: 1Police University College, Finland
2Research Unit for Languages and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Royal Danish Library, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-06-15


The article explores different participant positions that are available to researchers of social interaction during the collection of mobile video data. In the data presented, participants are engaged in outdoor activities that essentially involve some form and amount of mobility. The authors analyse the positions they have adopted in collecting data involving groups of mobile participants. The positions have varied depending on whether the activities allow, or even assume, researchers to draw on some specific participant knowledge. The article focuses on moments of adjustment during which the authors, as researchers collecting data, evidently make decisions about what to record and how to participate in the ongoing activity, and which thus reflect their spontaneous, negotiable and planned participation on site. As researchers of social interaction increasingly draw on data that involve mobility, it is pertinent to consider the possible positions that they may adopt and the practices that they employ in the collection and analysis of such data.

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Series: Social interaction. Video-based studies of human sociality
ISSN: 2446-3620
ISSN-E: 2446-3620
ISSN-L: 2446-3620
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
DOI: 10.7146/si.v4i2.127267
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Funding: During the long preparation of the article, we have received funding from the project HANS – Human Activity in Natural Settings (Academy of Finland, decision number 285393); the Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund; Tampere University (Academy of Finland, decision number 297053); the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research on Intersubjectivity in Interaction (Academy of Finland, decision number 284595); the Finnish Work Environment Fund and the Kone Foundation.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 285393
Detailed Information: 285393 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2021 Author and Journal. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.