Overcoming Zeno’s paradox: using long-exposure technology to capture a Deleuzo–Bergsonian perspective of movement in qualitative research

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Abstract

This methodological paper considers how movement may be captured and expressed in qualitative data. Beginning with a history of movement as it has been represented in empirical studies, this paper posits that movement has been undertheorized in qualitative research (via video and photograph); theorizes movement under the Deleuzo–Bergsonian concept of duration; and wonders how movement as a kind of ‘dynamic unity’ might be expressed as visual data. Using photographs collected from a troupe of fire-manipulating circus performers, this study suggests the use of long-exposure camera technology as one practical means of thinking about movement (as duration) in qualitative research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Bergson
  • Deleuze
  • Movement
  • duration
  • photographic methods

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