Historical Social Research 47 (2022), 1

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Historical Social Research 47 (2022), 1
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Visibilities of Violence

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Philip Jost Janssen, Knowledge Exchange & Outreach, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Special Issue– Visibilities of Violence: Microscopic Studies of Violent Events and Beyond (ed. Thomas Hoebel, Jo Reichertz & René Tuma)

Audiovisual recordings of violent situations have spread widely in recent decades and are now available en masse. This kind of mediatization of social communication has opened up new perspectives for empirical violence research as well as for theoretical perspectives. Not only has the so-called video revolution allowed for the public visibility and critical discourse on violent events, but social scientific methods have also moved towards the microscopic study of visible forms of violent events. However, violence is a contested term and social researchers in particular wrestle with the question of which methodologies and methods are both appropriate and suitable for studying violence. This goes not only for the question of what forms of violence are represented in the recordings, but also from which perspective. Therefore, the limitations of micrological and visual studies of violence also need to be discussed.

This HSR Special Issue first presents an overview of current studies on violent phenomena that focus on video data, link audio-visual data with other types of data, or contrast interpretative analyses with and also without the availability of video data. In a second part, studies of violent events and their reflection on them serve above all to make methodological, epistemological, and social-theoretical proposals for further research into (in-)visibilities of violence. The contributions here meet each other in that they make quite strong temporal arguments. The third part of this special issue is reserved for contributions dealing with very fundamental problems of audio-visual analysis of violence. These include the physical involvement of researchers, ethical questions, and social theoretical understandings.


Thomas Hoebel, Jo Reichertz & René Tuma
Visibilities of Violence. On Visual Violence Research and Current Methodological Challenges.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.01

Anne Nassauer
Video Data Analysis as a Tool for Studying Escalation Processes: The Case of Police Use of Force.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.02

Christian Meyer & Ulrich v. Wedelstaedt
Opening the Black Box: An Ethnomethodological Approach for the Video-Based Analysis of Violence.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.03

Laura D. Keesman & Don Weenink
Feel it Coming: Situational Turning Points in Police-Civilian Encounters.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.04

Susanne Nef & Friederike Lorenz-Sinai
Multilateral Generation of Violence: On the Theorization of Microscopic Analyses and Empirically Grounded Theories of Violence.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.05

Frithjof Nungesser
Studying the Invisible. Experiences of Extreme Violence as a Methodological Challenge.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.06

Wolff-Michael Roth
The Emergence and Unfolding of Violent Events: A Transactional Approach.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.07

Jo Reichertz
Escalation of Violence in Unclear Situations – A Methodological Proposal for Video Analysis.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.08

Ekkehard Coenen & René Tuma
Contextural and Contextual – Introducing a Heuristic of Third Parties in Sequences of Violence.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.09

Thomas Hoebel
Emplotments of Violence. On Narrative Explanations and their Audiovisual Data.
doi: 10.12759/hsr.47.2022.10

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