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Participatory Visual Methodologies
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Participatory Visual Methodologies
Social Change, Community and Policy

First Edition


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
Introduction

 
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
Introduction

 
Research Design for Social Change

 
Participatory Visual Methods

 
A Case Study: Addressing Campus-based Sexual Violence

 
Conclusion

 
Key Points of the Chapter

 
 
Chapter 3: Speaking Back as Method
Introduction

 
Defining Speaking Back

 
On Using Speaking Back as Method

 
Features of Speaking Back as Method

 
Conclusion

 
Key Points of the Chapter

 
 
Chapter 4: Pictures at an Exhibition
Introduction

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Key Points of the Chapter

 
 
Chapter 5: The Pedagogy of Screenings
Introduction

 
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

 
Discussion

 
Conclusion

 
Key Points of the Chapter

 
 
Chapter 6: Digital Artefacts: Researcher-Led Tools for Dialogue
Introduction

 
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

 
Conclusion

 
Key Points of the Chapter

 
 
Chapter 7: Engaging Policy Makers
Introduction

 
Participant-led Tools for Engaging Policy makers

 
Taking Research to Policymakers

 
Using Participatory Video to Engage Policy Makers

 
Studying Pathways to Impact

 
Conclusion

 
Key Points of the Chapter

 
 
Chapter 8: What Difference Does This Make?
Introduction

 
Theories of Change

 
Tracking Change

 
Interpretive and Ethnographic Approaches

 
Conclusion

 
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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