Moh Yasir Alimi(1),

(1) Gedung C7 Lantai 1 Kampus Sekaran Gunungpati Semarang, Indonesia. 50228


Tujuan penelitian ini adalah untuk mengeksplorasi bagaimana video kamera dapat membantu focus pikiran peneliti, mempertajam naluri etnografi, memperbagus hubungan dengan masyarakat dan memperbagus laporan penelitian. Penelitian dilakukan di Sulawesi Selatan selama satu tahun dengan menggunakan handycam Sony DCR-TRV27, handycam Sony yang dilengkapi dengan fitur screen dan layar pengintip untuk siang hari. Kecanggihan teknologi kamera bertemu dengan kekayaan kehidupan social di Sulawesi Selatan, sebagaimana terefleksikan paling baik dalam upacara pernikahan. Video kamera secara sistematik mempunyai tempat yang penting dalam system knowledge/power local. Melakukan hal ini, artikel ini tidak hanya mendiskusikan tentang penggunaan kamera di praktek etnografis, tetapi juga mendiskusikan dunia sosial yang memungkinkan kamera mempunyai peran yang sangat penting didalamnya.

In this article, the author explores how a video camera can refocus researcher’s mind, sharpens ethnographic senses, and improve relation with the community. This sophisticated feature of technology has met with the vibrancy of social life in South Sulawesi, best reflected in wedding ceremonies, placing camera nicely in the existing local system of knowledge/power. The research was done for one year using Sony handycam Sony DCR-TRV27. The study is drawn from a year fieldwork experience in South Sulawesi. This article does not only discuss  the use of camera in an ethnographic practice, but also discusses the social world that has enabled the camera to have a central place in it.


Video ethnography; South sulawesi; Wedding festival; Research.

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