Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Visual methods in social research (2nd Ed.), by Marcus Banks and David Zeitlyn [Book Review]

Mannay, Dawn ORCID: 2015. Visual methods in social research (2nd Ed.), by Marcus Banks and David Zeitlyn [Book Review]. Visual Methodologies 3 (1) , vii-viii. 10.7331/vm.v3i1.77

[thumbnail of 77-282-1-PB.pdf]
PDF - Published Version
Download (223kB) | Preview


It was a pleasure to take up the invitation to review this second edition of Visual Methods in Social Research, as I had gained so much from reading the first edition and looked forward to returning to the updated volume. In the original book, Marcus Banks (2001, p. 7) argued that ‘our initial understandings or readings of images are always pre-scripted’ and he suggested that we ask particular questions about found images, ‘what the image is of, what is its context?, who took it or made it, when and why?, how do other people come to have it, how do they read it, what do they do with it?’. Drawing on Hindu philosophy, Banks encouraged readers to locate this more productive seeing in relation to ‘darshan’; the ability to see and understand multiple points of view and schools of thoughts; and I have carried this philosophy in my own work with visual and creative methodologies (Mannay 2016).

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > TR Photography
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual Methods; Visual methodologies; Anthropology; Sociology; Qualitative reseach
Publisher: Visual Methodologies
ISSN: 2040-5456
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 2015
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 08:17

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics