On utilising a visual methodology: Shared reflections and tensions

Ilana Mountian, Rebecca Lawthom, Anne Kellock, Karen Duggan, Judith Sixsmith, Carolyn Kagan, Jennifer Hawkins, John Haworth, Asiya Siddiquee, Claire Worley, David Brown, John Griffiths, Christina Purcell

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This chapter draws on the shared reflections and tensions from collaborative research in an experience sampling method project exploring the use of the visual, particularly photography, in investigating everyday life experiences. The research was conducted among work colleagues at a higher education institution. When the group reflected on the process of the research and potential interpretations of data, ethical issues became apparent. In this chapter, in line with the critical perspective of the book, we take the opportunity to reflect upon these ethical issues, privileging dissenting voices in the group reflections. The chapter documents the tensions inherent in the visual research focusing on power relations, with the intention of rethinking and reconceptualising well-worn assumptions and structured formal ethical guidelines around informed consent, privacy in research contexts and reflexivity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Handbook of Visual Methods in Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationUsing and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research: Second Edition
EditorsPaula Reavey
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351032063
ISBN (Print)9781138491809
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2020

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