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.

Visual Ethnography and Emerging Digital Technologies

Visual ethnography and emerging digital technologies
Paolo S. H. Favero

Introduction

The inhabitants of the digitized parts of the world are today witnessing the emergence of an ever-shifting ecology of what Mitchell (1994) previously called ‘new images'. Brought about by an ongoing dialectic between digital technologies and the visual field, this ecology stimulates novel ways of understanding visual data. In the context of recent cameras, smartphones and computers, images are emerging as no longer exclusively a matter of visibility. Foregrounding ways of understanding the visual that indeed also predate the digital, contemporary images emerge today as a matter of geography (the incorporation of GPS-driven geolocative information), of communities and networks (the #'s, @'s and textual ...

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