ERIC Number: ED500419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-28
Reference Count: N/A
Visual Research Methods: Image, Society, and Representation
Stanczak, Gregory C., Ed.
SAGE Publications (CA)
Visual research is reemerging across the social sciences as a significant, underutilized resource producing unique lines of inquiry and sparking innovative pedagogies. Stanczak's edited volume crisscrosses disciplines in ways that highlights the multiple manifestations of this newer interdisciplinary trend. As such, this volume will be useful as a methodological, epistemological, and pedagogical resource across disciplines such as sociology, education, cultural studies, anthropology, American studies, communications, gender studies, and political science. The text is organized around three thematic issues: methodology, epistemological reflection, and theoretical and conceptual exploration. Each of these guiding themes is developed to greater or lesser degree in each chapter providing a navigational thread throughout the entire book. The authors most explicitly address methodology in their essays, also answer epistemological questions and suggests ways in which visuals facilitate theoretical or conceptual development. The book offers the following: (1) Each chapter is developed around a set of guiding questions covering at least three themes in visual research: methodology, epistemological reflection, and theoretical contribution of images. These themes provide a valuable framework for classroom use and comparative analysis by any visual researcher; (2) A substantive foundational chapter explicates these themes more fully and offers a mini introduction to core visual research methodology; (3) Reader's guide connects different chapters to different conceptual themes and methodological approaches, offering a roadmap to common issues and topics with which the reader should become familiar; (4) Expanded list of suggested readings, arranged thematically within the general framework of the book (methodology, epistemology, and theory); and (5) Original and reprinted works by leading qualitative researchers across a wide range of fields, including Sociology, Education, Political Science, Religion, History, and Gender Studies. The book contains 12 chapters: (1) Introduction: Images, Methodologies, and Generating Social Knowledge (Gregory C. Stanczak); (2) Observing Culture and Social Life: Documentary Photography, Fieldwork, and Social Research (Jon Wagner); (3) All Photos Lie: Images as Data (Barry Goldstein); (4) Capturing the Visual Traces of Historical Change: The Internet Mission Photography Archive (Jon Miller); (5) Using Photography in Studies of Immigrant Communities: Reflecting across Projects and Populations (Steven J. Gold); (6) Breaking the Ethnographer's Frames: Reflections on the Use of Photo-Elicitation in Understanding Sri Lankan Monastic Culture (Jeffrey Sammuels); (7) Inner-City Children in Sharper Focus: Sociology of Childhood and Photo-elicitation Interviews (Marisol Clark-Ibanez); (8) The Failure of "The President's Choice" (Erina Duganne); (9) Signs of Resistance: Marking Public Space through a Renewed Cultural Activism (Emmanuel David); (10) Filming "The Closet": The Role of Video Diaries in Researching Sexualities (Ruth Holliday); (11) The Symbolism of Video: Exploring Migrant Mothers' Experiences (Yolanda Hernandez-Albujar); (12) Website Design: Merging Hypertext Aesthetics, Academic Narratives, and Visual Sociology (Stephen Papson, Robert Goldman, and Noah Kersey).
Descriptors: Photography, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Anthropology, Diaries, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Approach, Epistemology, Theories, Social Science Research, Social Environment, Visual Aids, Field Studies, Social Change, Internet, Immigrants, Foreign Countries, Sexuality, Social Action, Cultural Context, Children, Mothers, Web Sites
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Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka