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The SAGE handbook of visual research methods (2nd Edition)

Pauwels, Luc and Mannay, Dawn ORCID:, eds. 2019. The SAGE handbook of visual research methods (2nd Edition). London: SAGE Publications.

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In introducing the first edition of The Sage Handbook of Visual Research Methods, Eric Margolis and Luc Pauwels (2011: xxi) argued that ‘the future of visual research will depend on the continued effort to cross disciplinary boundaries and engage in constructive dialogue with different schools of thought’. This cross disciplinary pursuit is very much echoed in the second edition where we engage with the accounts of researchers working in different traditions, including anthropology, art and design, communication, cultural studies, education, film and media studies, geography, gender studies, history, literature, photography, journalism, psychology and sociology. Consequently, the volume brings together distinct scholarly traditions, providing an opportunity for reflection across disciplinary boundaries, and for shedding new light on common problems and opportunities stimulated by research in the field of visual studies. Scholars of disciplines and fields of enquiry not directly represented in this book, may nevertheless find inspiration, guidance and encouragement to take forward their interests in visual research methods. The volume introduces a range of contexts and sites. The authors themselves have been drawn from wide geographical spread, representing an international interest in the visual, and including the nations of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, North America, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales. The sites of interest are equally varied and the authors offer insights into the natural environment, historical archives, social media, food packaging, and therapeutic practice – to name but a few. In exposing readers to these different disciplinary practices and research contexts, we hope to encourage them to reflect on how this knowledge can inform their own visual fields of interest. The book welcomes back 25 of the original authors from the first edition, who have updated, and in some cases, completely re-written their foundational contributions. They are joined by 31 new contributors to the second edition, who offer fresh perspectives and extend the knowledge base by reflecting on their innovative work in visual studies and methodologies. Authors in the collection are both well-known names if the field of visual research, and scholars who are relatively new academic voices. In editing this collection, we have gained a wealth of knowledge, developed more nuanced understandings of visual research methods, and at the same time gained a deeper appreciation of different research approaches, perspectives and applications. 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. It is noteworthy, then, that the authors in this collection have brought opportunities for the reader to reflect on, challenge and extend their own thinking on visual research methods, and complicate their understandings of epistemology, methodology, reflexivity and ontology. Crucially at the core of these chapters 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.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual methods; photography; images; visual analysis; film; third objects; sandboxing; photovoice; repeat photography; online images; social media; art
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781473978003
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 09:37

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