The second, thoroughly revised and expanded, edition of The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods presents a wide-ranging exploration and overview of the field today. As in its first edition, the Handbook does not aim to present a consistent view or voice, but rather to exemplify diversity and contradictions in perspectives and techniques. The selection of chapters from the first edition have been fully updated to reflect current developments. New chapters to the second edition cover key topics including picture-sorting techniques, creative methods using artefacts, visual framing analysis, therapeutic uses of images, and various emerging digital technologies and online practices. At the core of all contributions are theoretical and methodological debates about the meanings and study of the visual, presented in vibrant accounts of research design, analytical techniques, fieldwork encounters and data presentation. This handbook presents a unique survey of the discipline that will be essential reading for scholars and students across the social and behavioural sciences, arts and humanities, and far beyond these disciplinary boundaries. The Handbook is organized into seven main sections: PART 1: FRAMING THE FIELD OF VISUAL RESEARCH; PART 2: VISUAL AND SPATIAL DATA PRODUCTION METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES; PART 3: PARTICIPATORY AND SUBJECT-CENTERED APPROACHES; PART 4: ANALYTICAL FRAMEWORKS AND PERSPECTIVES; PART 5: MULTIMODAL AND MULTISENSORIAL RESEARCH; PART 6: RESEARCHING ONLINE PRACTICES; and PART 7: COMMUNICATING THE VISUAL: FORMATS AND CONCERNS.

Chapter 11: Participatory Geographic Information Systems in Visual Research

Participatory Geographic Information Systems in Visual Research

Participatory geographic information systems in visual research
Wen Lin


Mapping and visualization of geographically referenced data have long played a key role in social science research (see McKinnon and McCallum Breen, 2020, this volume). These visualizations have also been facilitated by the development of geographic information system (GIS) technologies, the origin of which can be dated to the 1960s (see Foresman, 1998). More recently, the advent and proliferation of location-aware media and devices, which have resulted in explosive growth of geographically referenced data in a more interactive and user-generated manner since the mid-2000s, has brought profound changes to the ways in which geographic information is produced and shared (see Elwood et al., 2012). Associated ...

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