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Reframing postmodern ideology with traditional ethnographic film

The fusion of postmodern tenets and principles with traditional cultural anthropological theory and methods in ethnographic films appears generally undervalued. To highlight and analyze some of the constructive results of this fusion, an ethnographic documentary titled, “…an American Subculture? A Visual Anthropological Study” was produced. Additionally, this research examines and critiques three different applications of postmodern principles that were used in the documentary: the concept of researching only “marginal and excluded” groups; polyvocality (multiple dialogues); and the ethical postmodern stance on the representation of a group through the consideration of how an audience might perceive information provided within a documentary.

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