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Participatory Visual Methodologies

Participatory Visual Methodologies
Social Change, Community and Policy

September 2017 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book demonstrates how data from participatory visual methods can take people and communities beyond ideological engagement, initiating new conversations and changing perspectives, policy debates, and policy development. These methods include, for example, photo-voice, participatory video, drawing/mapping, and digital storytelling.

Organised around a series of tools that have been used across health, education, environmental, and sociological research, Participatory Visual Methodologies illustrates how to maintain participant engagement in decision-making, navigate critical issues around ethics, track policies, and maximize the potential of longitudinal studies. Tools discussed include:

  • Pedagogical screenings
  • Digital dialogue devices
  • Upcycling and ‘speaking back’ interventions
  • Participant-led policy briefs

An authoritative and accessible guide to how participatory visual methods and arts-based methods can influence social change, this book will help any postgraduate researcher looking to contribute to policy dialogue.

Chapter 1: Introduction: A Framework for Social Change through Participatory Visual Research
Policy, Policy, Policy  
Community and Policy Dialogue  
Critical Audience Engagement  
Overview of the Book  
Key Points of the Chapter  
Chapter 2: Project Design: Beginning with the End in Mind
Research Design for Social Change  
Participatory Visual Methods  
A Case Study: Addressing Campus-based Sexual Violence  
Key Points of the Chapter  
Chapter 3: Speaking Back as Method
Defining Speaking Back  
On Using Speaking Back as Method  
Features of Speaking Back as Method  
Key Points of the Chapter  
Chapter 4: Pictures at an Exhibition
Community-Based Exhibitions  
Processes in Curating  
Studying Exhibiting  
One Set of Photos, Multiple Showings  
Method: Studying Audience Engagement  
Studying Audiences through Exhibiting  
Exhibition Catalogues  
Creating an Exhibition Catalogue  
Drawings: Collections and Catalogues  
Key Points of the Chapter  
Chapter 5: The Pedagogy of Screenings
Why a Pedagogy of Screenings?  
Methodologies for Screening  
Researchers Screening their Own Productions  
Researchers Screening Videos Made by Participants  
Participants Screening their Own Work  
Online Platforms and Screening  
Key Points of the Chapter  
Chapter 6: Digital Artefacts: Researcher-Led Tools for Dialogue
Research-Produced Digital Artefacts: A Brief History  
Research-Produced Digital Dialogue Tools: Three Cases  
A Co-Production: Researchers and Teachers Working Together on a ‘Re-mix’ Video  
Digital Artefacts: Issues to Consider  
Researcher Reflexivity/Discussion  
Key Points of the Chapter  
Chapter 7: Engaging Policy Makers
Participant-led Tools for Engaging Policy makers  
Taking Research to Policymakers  
Using Participatory Video to Engage Policy Makers  
Studying Pathways to Impact  
Key Points of the Chapter  
Chapter 8: What Difference Does This Make?
Theories of Change  
Tracking Change  
Interpretive and Ethnographic Approaches  
Key Points of the Chapter  

This powerful book brings together rich insights from participatory visual studies, reflexivity, and audience studies--a must for anyone wishing to engage in meaningful participatory research.

Lindsey McCarthy
Centre for Regional and Economic Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

A vital resource for researchers and practitioners working across disciplines. This book is simultaneously a valuable synthesis of existing knowledge in the area and an important building block for the continued development of this field of inquiry.

Ioana Literat
Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design, Columbia University

The book presents an invaluable resource for researchers using visual methods. It expands the field of participatory visual methods by providing a critical and rich perspective on its potential to impact policy-making processes. With over a decade of experience of working together in this field the authors are uniquely placed to make this contribution, as they critically engage in issues of power, ethics and representation.

Verena Thomas
School of Design, Queensland University of Technology

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