Neil Turner

Writer and Filmmaker in Bahia, Brasil

Neil Turner

Writer and Filmmaker in Bahia, Brasil

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Neil Turner is an American anthropologist, author and ethnographic filmmaker that has been living and conducting ethnographic work in Latin America. He has spent the last ten years living, working and conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Brazil. His research interests focus on ethnographic filmmaking in the observational and expositional genres. In particular, he is concerned with the ways in which anthropology may be pursued by means of visual techniques and cinematography. He is also committed to practice-based experimental ethnography and long-term immersion. This has involved an exploration of new forms and methods for ethnographic fieldwork.

Neil Turner’s documentary work includes Martyrs (2013), Into An Angel's Hands (2014) and Black Tears (2015). His books include Cultural Transformation: the remaking of Brazilian Society (2009), an in-depth exploration into the way culture has changed in Brazil due to its rapid economic growth, and Black American Men and Brazilian Women (2015), a cross-cultural perspective that identifies the conditions under which similarities and differences occur in relationships between black American men and Brazilian women. He is also known for his research paper entitled Research Methodology: the origins and scope of Thick Ethnography in which Turner asserts that “human action is obscured by ritual, custom, idea or other forms of underlying, background influence.” Neil Turner is currently working on a new film project, Bahia Salvador Brazil, which is a study of the contributions of the Baiano people to Brazilian culture.

  • Work
    • Social Anthropologist
  • Education
    • Ph.D.