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.
Claudia Mitchell is a James McGill Professor in the Faculty of Education, McGill University where she is the Director of the McGill Institute for Human Development and Well-being and the founder and Director of the Participatory Cultures Lab. She is an Honorary Professor in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She was the 2016 recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Gold Medal awarded for the impact of her research which cuts across a number of areas including girlhood studies, youth, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS, gender violence, and teacher identity, and in a number of countries including Canada, South Africa, Russia, Ethiopia, and Kenya . As a methodologist she is particularly interested in participatory visual research, memory work and material culture, and autoethnography.
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?