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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Underwood, IV, George Milton
Author's Email Address gentry@stanfordalumni.org
URN etd-08292007-225349
Title Capturing new community: a case study in digital filmmaking as ethnography
Degree Master of Science
Department Community Research and Action
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Joseph Cunningham Committee Chair
William Partridge Committee Member
  • ethnography
  • visual ethnography
  • ethnographic film
  • filmmaking
  • qualitative research methods
Date of Defense 2007-08-30
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examines the case of New Community Church, a digital film made by

the author, from the perspective of ethnographic research. The case study shows how

ethnographic process involves movement from a formative theory about a subject, into

the field to collect anecdotal research data, about that subject, and finally to a grounded

theory based on that data, which is in turn presented to an audience. In the case study it

is shown that the author’s filmmaking process follows all parts of this process, and the

argument is made that the process should thus be considered ethnographic research.

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