Chapter 8: Methods for a multimodal, collaborative, and engaged research practice: mapping youth activism and cultural production across time and space
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Multimodal ethnography is an emerging approach to anthropological research that emphasizes collaboration and explores how networked technologies and emerging forms of media are reshaping longstanding anthropological assumptions. In this chapter, we describe our attempts to use multimodal ethnography in our studies of Indigenous youth activism in Mexico and the United States. The chapter begins by situating multimodal ethnography in relation to prior anthropological attempts to move beyond extractive, colonialist methods and purely textual forms of representation. We then offer examples of multimodality from our own research. Maga-a describes his work with activists in Oaxaca and California, and then Wright and Velázquez Morales discuss their work with activists in Michoacán, Mexico. We conclude the chapter with a list of ten strategies distilled from our experiments with multimodality and collaboration. We do not offer this list prescriptively, but rather as a set of strategies that other researchers can adapt to specific contexts.

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