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Making the familiar strange: Can visual research methods render the familiar setting more perceptible?

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2010. Making the familiar strange: Can visual research methods render the familiar setting more perceptible? Qualitative Research 10 (1) , pp. 91-111. 10.1177/1468794109348684

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The centrality of the researcher and their position in relation to the research setting has been subject to controversy and long standing debates threaded with the narratives of insider and outsider myths. Insiders are often charged with the tendency to present their group in an unrealistically favourable light, and their work is often considered to be overshadowed by the enclosed, self-contained world of common understanding. This paper draws upon data generated by six participants from a research project, which aimed to explore and represent the everyday experiences of working-class mothers and daughters residing on a peripheral social housing estate. The paper describes how I, as an indigenous researcher, employed visual methods of data production in order to suspend my preconceptions of familiar territory, and facilitate an understanding of the unique viewpoints of mothers and daughters on the margins of contemporary Britain. The paper focuses the usefulness of the approach for making the familiar strange when the researchers own experience mirrors that of their participants.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Lifelong Learning
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: Britain, collages, daughters, familiarity, mothers, photographs, participatory methods, visual methods
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s policy at (accessed 29/07/2014)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1468-7941
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 00:29

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