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Photovoice

  • By: Jill Yamasaki
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Photovoice is a participatory research method developed and described in a series of research articles by public health scholars Caroline C. Wang and Mary Ann Burris. Community members are given cameras and asked to photograph, story, and critically reflect on the reality of their everyday lives as a means of advocating for personal and community change at the grassroots level. Photovoice has three main goals: (1) to enable people to visually record and reflect on their community's strengths and concerns, (2) to promote critical dialogue and knowledge about important community issues through group discussion of the photographs, and (3) to reach policy makers and key stakeholders who can be mobilized for change.

Photovoice prioritizes the knowledge put forth by participants as a vital source of expertise ...

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