Their time and their story

Inscribing belonging through life narratives and role expectations in wedding videography

Matthew Wade, Michael WALSH

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Despite some contentions and ambivalences, the Western wedding retains a vaulted place in cultural imaginaries. However, little scholarship exists on wedding videography, despite holding rich insights regarding memorialization of belonging. Accordingly, this content analysis of 132 videos explores their utterances, signifying artefacts, and ritual displays. Focusing on life narratives and role designations, we explore their discursive valorizing function. Wedding videos present rare occasions where actors explicitly inscribe requisite emotions, intimacies, values, and aspirations. Typically, however, these films reinforce ‘traditional’, heteronormative stances. Moreover, by skirting reflexive capacities through emotive and seductive repertoires, they may present problematic forms of belonging, given what is conspicuously excluded.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Beings, Future Belongings
Subtitle of host publicationReimagining the Social
EditorsAnna Tsalapatanis, Miranda Bruce, David Bissell , Helen Keane
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315200859
ISBN (Print)9781138709782
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2019


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Wade, M., & WALSH, M. (2019). Their time and their story: Inscribing belonging through life narratives and role expectations in wedding videography. In A. Tsalapatanis, M. Bruce, D. Bissell , & H. Keane (Eds.), Social Beings, Future Belongings: Reimagining the Social (pp. 26-42). United Kingdom: Routledge.