Ethnographic Video Online: Volume II expands Alexander Street’s anthropology offerings by adding 500 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries, field recordings, and previously unpublished footage from renowned anthropological archives such as the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI), as well as independent producers and distributors.
Global in scope, the collection features works from a roster of diverse international filmmakers and includes footage from every continent—from Melanesia to the Arctic Circle, Afghanistan to Zambia, Amsterdam to Zansker. Films explore hundreds of cultures, detailing economic structures, gender roles, family dynamics, spirituality, political formation, and music and the arts.
Building on the foundational content in the first volume, Ethnographic Video Online: Volume II introduces archival material while also focusing on the state of the discipline today. Current issues such as environmental crises, refugee migration, and endangered languages are well documented, and every sub-discipline of anthropology will be represented, including cultural, linguistic, applied, social, visual, urban, medical, and physical anthropologies, as well as archaeology.
Content is searchable by geographical region, cultural or kinship group, anthropological subject, ethnographer, content type, and more, allowing for easy cross-cultural comparisons.
Advanced features such as permanent URLs, synchronized transcripts, and clip-making tools allow users to easily share, cite, and annotate content. For the first time, video can be integrated into coursework and assignments as easily as text. The collection also features teaching guides, field notes, and filmmaker biographies.
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