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 32: How to ‘Read’ Images with Texts: The Graphic Novel Case

How to ‘Read’ Images with Texts: The Graphic Novel Case

How to ‘read’ images with texts: the graphic novel case
Jan Baetens Steven Surdiacourt

Introduction: Reading Images or Looking at Them?

In the scholarly discussion of dealing with images, the influence of semiotic thinking is still extremely important, even if semiotics is no longer the pilot science it used to be in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet even in the newer paradigms like cultural studies or medium theory, which are now trying to achieve hegemony in the field, the semiotic heritage is still visible (for the role of semiotics in cultural studies, see Hall, 1997; for its place in medium theory, more specifically in intermediality studies, see Leverette, ...

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