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 14: Methodological Variation in Participant Visual Media Production

Methodological Variation in Participant Visual Media Production

Methodological variation in participant visual media production
Richard Chalfen


Over the past few decades and across the world, a range of ‘participatory visual methods’ has caught the imagination of people seeking to investigate social conditions, lived experience, subjective viewpoints and, in some cases, interventions for social action. By using the term ‘participatory visual methods', attention is drawn to collaborations of participants (sometimes called research ‘subjects') and researchers in the production of pictorial expressions of personal thoughts and life circumstances. Though seldom defined or codified, the process often brings together an unfamiliar ‘outside’ person(s) and an individual or group of ‘inside’ people to explore a phenomenon by collaborating on the production of visual (often ...

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