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Visual Sociology. Douglas Harper, 2012, New York, Routledge, Pages 298, $45.95, ISBN 9780415778961 [Review]

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2014. Visual Sociology. Douglas Harper, 2012, New York, Routledge, Pages 298, $45.95, ISBN 9780415778961 [Review]. Visual Methodologies 1 (2) , ix-xi.

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I was pleased to be invited to review Douglas Harper’s Visual Sociology for Visual Methodologies as my research interests lay within the realms of the visual (Mannay 2010; 2013); moreover, being in the midst of writing my own text for Routledge, Visual, Narrative and Creative Research Methods: Application, Reflection and Ethics, it was also an opportunity to extend my background reading. On receiving my copy of the text, I was impressed with its size, it is a large book but, importantly, not too big for reading on the train. It is beautifully illustrated and it has large margins that remind me of Open University texts, which are great for scribbling notes; and my copy is now full of thoughts, reflections and ideas. Harper is an engaging writer and, like the images in his book, his words are able to connect with the reader and take them on a journey. There are eleven chapters that move through the expected themes of visual ethnography, the documentary tradition, reflexivity, ethnomethodology, semiotics, photo elicitation, photo-voice and techniques for teaching visual sociology. In the space of a short book review, I will only be able to engage with some of these chapters; but they were all worth reading and I gained new insights from each one.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual methods; visual methodologies; photo-elicitation; qualitative research
Publisher: Visual Methodologies
ISSN: 2040-5456
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 08:24

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