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Visualizing urban inequalities: The ethics of videography and documentary filmmaking in water research

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Visual methods are becoming increasingly popular in social sciences, but are still little explored when it comes to water related studies. Drawing on literature on visual methods and documentary filmmaking, this paper reflects on the role and potential of videography to capture and visualize inequalities in urban water supply and access. The paper is based on research undertaken over a period of 4 years, in which a mix of talk based and videographic methods was used to capture the production of uneven conditions of access to water in Lilongwe, Malawi, and Maputo, Mozambique. It reflects on the important and unique ethical questions raised by video‐based methods, including the data collection process, the type of knowledge that is produced, how it is mobilized, who has access to it and the relation between representation of social reality and the power of storytelling. This article is categorized under: Human Water > Methods Engineering Water > Planning Water Human Water > Rights to Water
Sequences filmed at the kiosk: customers and kiosk attendantSource: Rusca,
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Sequences filmed at Elsa's house during the night and the daySource: (Rusca, in post‐production)
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