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Public images and private lives: Exploring the 'presentation of self' in visual research

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2013. Public images and private lives: Exploring the 'presentation of self' in visual research. Presented at: International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) 2013 Annual Conference: The Public Image, Goldsmiths, London, UK, 8-10 July 2013.

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In social research participants’ visual images move from their domestic locations, of home and locality, and enter the public space of academia. These images can be seen as a presentation of self, perhaps an enactment of family togetherness or the negotiation of a feminised, acceptable motherhood. However, arguably the creation of images, and the accompanying conversations with a purpose, are a fundamentally a presentation to the researcher; rather than the wider audience invoked in the process of dissemination. Drawing from a study focusing on the experiences of working-class mothers and daughters, residing on a peripheral social housing estate, this paper explores this idea of performance and audience. Specifically the paper looks at the different ways that participants position the researcher and the ways in which the researcher also actively engages in a presentation of self; which requires the negotiation and regulation of public and private selves.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
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Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:17

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