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John Oliffe-Qualitative Research Using Visual Methods

Visual Methods in Social Research

Visual methods provides empirical approaches to both image creation and image analysis, drawing on a wide range of examples: from research conducted on Egyptian television soap opera, to the sale of ethnographic photographs in London auction houses, to pornographic images on the Web. New technologies are also included, with image digitization and computer-based multimedia extensively covered. There are sections on using film and photographic archives, and useful practical advice on publishing and presenting the results of visual research. Marcus Banks stresses the material nature of visual media, as objects that are entangled in social relations and argues for a humanistic, engaged and reflexive approach to social research. This book will be an indispensable guide for the use and study of social images. Having completed a doctorate in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, with a study of Jain people in England and India, he trained as an ethnographic documentary filmmaker at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK. He has published on documentary film forms and film practice in colonial India, and is currently conducting research on image production and use in forensic science practice.

Having completed a doctorate in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, with a study of Jain people in England and India, he trained as an ethnographic documentary filmmaker at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK. He has published on documentary film forms and film practice in colonial India, and is currently conducting research on image production and use in forensic science practice. He has been working with Mambila people in Cameroon since on various research topics including traditional religion, sociolinguistics, kinship and history. In recent years he started to work with Cameroonian photographers. In this led as part of Africa'05, to an exhibition of two Cameroonian studio photographers at the National Portrait Gallery, London in a display called 'Cameroon-London'. More recently he has worked with the British Library's 'Endangered Archives Programme' to create an archive of the contents of the studio of Toussele Jacques, a photographer from Mbouda in Cameroon.

This continues to be a key text for work with and on the visual. Highly recommended and not to be missed by anybody wanting to understand what images mean, both practically and theoretically. A classic text for undergraduates and practitioners interested in using visual materials in social research. The emphasis on theory and practice makes it an enduring work for anyone approaching visual sociology or visual anthropology. This excellent new edition provides a clearly structured and accessible introduction to the research potential of the visual, as both object of study and method. It is richly illustrated with examples, from archival photographs and ethnographic films to new social media, which demonstrate how a critical and reflexive visual sensibility can expand the social research imagination. This revised edition of Visual Methods in Social Research builds on earlier strengths with a series of welcome and contemporary updates.

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This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is wrongfully on our website, we offer a simple DMCA procedure to remove your content from our site. Start by pressing the button below! Inquiries concerning reproduction outside those terms should be sent to the publishers. The emphasis is very much on the use of visual materials as one among several research methods that may be employed by a social researcher during the course of an investigation, rather than a focus on the visual for its own sake. I assume that readers already have or are acquiring the skills to devise a research project that is valid within the context of their discipline, but may not have thought of adding a visual dimension.

There has been an explosion of interest in visual culture - coming largely from work in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies and while there are a number of practical and technical manuals available for film, photographic and other visual media, there is a dearth of writing that combines both the practical and the technical. This book redresses this with a balanced approach that is written primarily for students in the social sciences who wish to use visual materials in the course of empirical, qualitative field research. It should also be of interest to experienced researchers who wish to expand their methodological approaches. Having completed a doctorate in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, with a study of Jain people in England and India, he trained as an ethnographic documentary filmmaker at the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK. He has published on documentary film forms and film practice in colonial India, and is currently conducting research on image production and use in forensic science practice. Visual Methods in Social Research. Marcus Banks.

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