intimate partner violence change, we rely on data collected from an 18-month photo-ethnography of people who use methamphetamine (meth) in rural Alabama. Our analysis focuses on one key participant (Misty) to understand how people use narratives of
A Longitudinal Photo-Ethnography
Heith Copes, Lindsay Leban, and Jared Ragland
Capturing the impress of boredom and inactivity
Outside the main railway station in Bucharest, Romania, otherwise unemployed day laborers hustle for small change as informal parking lot attendants (parcagii). While their efforts yield numerous ethnographic observations of entrepreneurial activity, these attendants report “doing nothing” day in and day out. This article explores the tension between etic observations and emic feelings in order to ask a methodological question: how can “not doing” and “absent activity” be captured within an ethnographic method primed to observe activity constantly? In response, this article takes inspiration from photography to develop “the negative” as a technique for bringing the impress of absent activity on social worlds into ethnographic view. The intent of this methodological intervention is to open new theoretical lines of flight into the politics of inactivity.