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by Jonathan S. Marion

  • Author: Jonathan S. Marion
  • ISBN: 0857852051
  • ISBN13: 978-0857852052
  • ePub: 1772 kb | FB2: 1294 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mathematics
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (April 25, 2013)
  • Pages: 192
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 698
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Visual Research: A Concise Introduction to Thinking Visually ePub download

Case studies from a range of disciplinary perspectives provide insights into the benefits and challenges of working visually.

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Visual Research: A Concise Introduction to Thinking Visually is the first text to present a concise overview of the significant ethical, theoretical, and practical considerations for conducting research with images.

The capacity to take photos and video on handheld devices and the ability to store, post, and share such imagery online all offer tremendous opportunities for social research. The rapid development and popularity of such technology means that little technological proficiency is required, and even less theoretical and ethical consideration. This book provides an accessible introduction to doing visual research in the social sciences.

Beginning with ethical considerations, this book highlights the importance of thinking visually before engaging in visual research. Further themes involve creating, organizing, and using images and are presented so as to help readers think about and work with their own visual data. Boxed case studies and further reading suggestions enhance the utility of this primer.

Concise and highly focused, Visual Research will be an invaluable resource for visual, media, and communications students and researchers and others interested in visual research in the social sciences.

I read this book over the summer of 2014 as the assigned text for a online course I took that addressed visual research. The book is clearly written and concise. If you are a student or teach students it's a great place to learn about the potential uses of visual research methodologies for the understanding of social problems that go beyond the spoken word. In the social sciences, there is a disciplinary emphasis on describing social problems from written or spoken data (questionnaires, interviews, conversations), partly because language is the tool of we the analyst for describing our ideas and findings and partly because it is the easiest method of data collection. However, this approach becomes problematic when dealing with populations that are verbally challenged. My class project using this book addressed the example of Autism and I titled it "Autism and the barriers to becoming a participant of culture". Individuals that fall into the Autistic spectrum have a limited access to language that makes a focus on words very unproductive for the understanding of the social implications of being diagnosed with Autism. This book allowed me to think of images as data and I thus embarked on a research project in which I produced and examined video recordings to observe two types of interaction: (a) between autistic individuals and non-autistic individuals who know about the diagnosis; and (b) between autistic individuals and non-autistic individuals who are unaware of a diagnosis. This comparison allowed me to shed light on the relationship between diagnosis-label and consequent stigma. Had I taken the traditional research approach focused on words rather than images, I would have missed a different way to explore answers to my research questions. If I have something to thank this book for, is that it allowed me to realize how important it is to think visually about the social problems that affect our daily lives (my son is autistic). I completely recommend this book both to amateurs and also to experienced visual researchers that want to use it to teach about the benefits of thinking visually.
I have previous experience in photography, but it's exclusively in the field of journalism. I found the methodologies offered in Marion's book to be quite helpful for a novice anthropology student trying to understand how to effectively incorporate previously learned technical skills into my cultural anthropological studies. While it seems obvious now, the differences between the journalistic photography I was used to and the visual anthropological research photography — however nuanced — helped tremendously. It is worth noting that the drastic difference between Marion and Crowder's work definitely helped illustrate two very different approaches, both well done but both quite different. The section on ethics was especially eye opening, and has stuck with me to this day. All in all - a good read for anyone entering the field of visual anthropology.
As the principal investigator of an anthropological research project using participatory visual research methods in West Africa, I am sharing this book with my diverse team that includes both scientists and photographers, who have different perspectives on the utility and (ethical) use of images. This book clearly and usefully conveys the idea of images as data, and how best to improve data collection and analysis with images. I also found the chapter on image ethics very clear and easy to share with beginner visual researchers. On the eve of departing for fieldwork, our team has used the information on files organization and storage to devise our own system. The book is clearly written and packed with advice and stories from the field by experienced visual researchers, and because it occupies little space in the luggage, and is of easy reference, I am taking it to the field. It is a great tool and I highly recommend it.
If you no absolutely nothing about visual research then you may find this introduction useful. If you have some experience with photography and the like then parts of this book will tread familiar ground. If you practice visual research, you probably already know much of this book and are familiar with other, better books. Specifically, I recommend Collier's Visual Anthropology: Photography as a Research Method. It covers many of the same practical and theoretical topics but does it better in my opinion. It's a classic text that remains in print for a reason. Some sections may be technically outdated (working with film in still and motion, including sound). But your average digital camera user may not need further education. Again, if you know absolutely nothing, then it probably is a good idea to start with this, otherwise pick-up Collier's book.
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VISUAL RESEARCH is a short and easily readable guide to lead researchers in the social sciences and related professional fields into current methods of expanding observed reporting beyond the time-tested “paper-based” ones of note-taking, evaluating, writing and publishing results. Although most immediately aimed at students and practitioners of anthropology, especially ethnology, the authors’ practical tips are much more broadly useful. They include inquiry ethics, organization and implementation of research objectives, and solving technical problems applicable to everybody from schoolteachers, professors and students to all professionals who need to document their investigations by incorporating the newest multimedia, visual and aural techniques. Even old dogs like this reviewer can benefit mightily from the new tricks that will be required in future.
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