The absent-present researcher: data analysis of pre-recorded parent-driven campaign videos


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In recent years, there has been a proliferation of sophisticated, user-friendly and accessible instruments of video data collection (e.g. mobile/cell phones and tablets) which facilitate video-based research and analysis. This paper reports on the opportunities and challenges of undertaking video analysis by reporting on the qualitative video analysis of a subset of 30 purposively selected videos from #notanurse_but, a parent-driven video campaign initiated by WellChild, a UK charity. This paper provides insight into one way of conducting video analysis, appreciating that a variety of approaches exist and that methodological reflections on analytical work with video recordings are limited. The authors critically consider researcher subjectivity; the everydayness of video data; making assumptions; and the incomplete picture provided by video data. Despite notable limitations to the approach of video analysis as a standalone method, the authors conclude that video analysis is capable of eliciting data that may not otherwise be obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalChildren's Geographies
Early online date20 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Parent-driven campaign
  • parent-videos
  • qualitative analysis
  • video analysis
  • videos

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