Doing Visual Research
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Doing Visual Research



© 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Doing Visual Research offers an innovative introduction to the use of photography, collaborative video, drawing, objects, multi-media production and installation in research. Claudia Mitchell explains how visual methods can be used as modes of inquiry as well as modes of representation for social research.

The book looks at a range of conceptual and practical approaches to a range of tools and methods, whilst also highlighting the interpretive and ethical issues that arise when engaging in visual research. Claudia Mitchell draws on her own work in the field of visual research throughout to offer extensive examples from a variety of settings and with a variety of populations.

Topics covered include:

• Photographs and memory work studies

• Video and social change

• Participatory archiving with drawings and photos

• Working with images/Writing about images

• Can visual methods make a difference? From practice to policy

Doing Visual Research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject of visual research, producing a practical introduction to the subject that will be of great use to students and researchers across the social sciences, and in particular in education, communication, sociology, gender, development, social work and public health.

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Introduction
Getting the Picture  
On a Pedagogy of Ethics in Visual Research
Who's in the Picture?  
PART TWO: VISUAL METHODS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
Not Just an Object
Working with Things, Objects and Artefacts in Visual Research  
Seeing for Ourselves
A Case for Community-Based Photography  
Community-Based Video-Making
PART THREE: ON INTERPRETING AND USING IMAGES
Working with Photo Images
A Textual Reading on the Presence of Absence  
Data Collections and Building a Democratic Archive
'No More Pictures without a Context' (with Naydene de Lange)  
Look and See
Images of Image-Making  
What Can a Visual Researcher Do with a Camera?
Changing the Picture
How Can Images Influence Policy-Making?  

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


Doing Visual Research offers an excellent starting point for imagining how visual methods might be fruitfully employed.

Roman R. Williams
Calvin College
Sociology of Religion

This is an exceptionally useful book and I would I would consider it core for a research methods course. For my particular course, I intend to recommend it to those students who adopt a visual research approach to their data generation.
The book is highly accessible and the inclusion of visual methods in research is demystified. As well as being a 'how to' publication, the author offers rich examples from her own practice which help to vivify the text.

Ms Annie O Breachain
Education , Marino Institute of Education
June 28, 2015

Useful and interesting to read

Dr Pamela Woolner
Education, Newcastle University
March 12, 2015

very good book which learners are able to use for research to complete their essays and assignments whist studying for the course

Mr Brendon Pettit
creative studies, Great Yarmouth College
December 17, 2014

Just wasn't the right match for the course. I preferred the visual methodologies text.

Dr Mary Hess
Leadership Division, Luther Seminary
May 30, 2013

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