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Photovoice for Social Justice
Photovoice for Social Justice, the latest volume in SAGE's Qualitative Research Methods Series, helps readers in the health and social sciences learn the foundations and applications of this exciting qualitative method. Authors Jean M. Breny and Shannon L. McMorrow approach photovoice as not only a community-based participatory research method, but as a method for social justice, centering community participants, organizations, and policy makers at the heart of this research method. Special topics relating to social justice include a focus on ethics and working with marginalized communities, sensitive concerns during data collection, and presenting the work to communities and policymakers, as well as academics. Written for students and researchers new to photovoice, this brief text takes readers from the process of conceptualizing and implementing a photovoice study to  analyzing data and finally presenting the results of the study. The book concludes with suggestions for future iterations of photovoice, including web based resources and digital storytelling. The authors take into account the realities of photovoice as a method by providing practical, applied tools including sample consent forms, presentations, recruitment flyers, and photo-taking tips. Using Photovoice for Social Justice, new and experienced researchers can design, implement, and analyze their photovoice projects.

Chapter One: Introduction
Purpose of this Book

History and Background of Photovoice

Theoretical Underpinnings of Photovoice

Documentary Photography

Empowerment Education

Feminist Theory and Research

Photovoice for Social Justice


Chapter Two: Ethical Issues and Navigating Institutional Review Boards
Chapter Overview

Institutional Review Board Explained

Ethical Considerations with Photovoice

Consideration for Special Populations

Informed Consent in Photovoice

Safety of Participants

Privacy of Research Participants

Navigating Institutional Review Boards with a Photovoice Study

Incentives/Payment for Participants as Co-researchers

Case Illustration: An IRB Experience with a Photovoice Project with Minors


Chapter Two Tools

1) Photovoice Methods for IRB Application

2) Photo Release Form

3) Photovoice Consent Form

4) Youth Assent Form

Chapter Three: Getting Started with Your Photovoice Study
Chapter Overview

Research Question, Population, or Both?

Setting up your Project Management Plan

Recruiting Participants

Figure 3.1: Tips for Successful Photovoice Participant Recruitment

Considerations of Technology

Cameras and Photography

Photo Storage and Displaying

Case Illustration – Recruitment, Logistics, and Starting a Project


Chapter Three Tools

1) Sample Recruitment Flyer: College Women Research

2) Sample Project Management Plan

3) Sample Recruitment Flyer for Congolese Women Research

4) Sample of “Translated” Research Question for Photovoice with Teen Girls

Chapter Four: Photovoice Implementation and Data Collection
Chapter Overview

Figure 4.1

The Critical First Team Meeting

Option for Preparation Meetings prior to Photo Questions

Meetings to Discuss Photos

Potential Challenges to Implementation

Case Study to Illustrate Implementation


Chapter Four Tools

1) Sample of a First Meeting Agenda

2) Sample of Agendas, Topics, and Curriculum for All Sessions

Chapter Five: Analyzing and Presenting Photovoice Data
Chapter Overview

Qualitative Data Analysis

Figure 5.1 Example of the Qualitative Data Analysis Process

Participatory Analysis

Photovoice Analysis Process

Organizing and Initial Analysis


Establishment of Themes

Presentation of Results

Academic Presentation of Results

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Figure 5.5

Presentation of Results for Social Justice

Chapter Six: Emerging Possibilities
Digital Storytelling and Videovoice

Social Media and Photovoice


On-Line Resources

Overall Concluding Thoughts and Top Ten Tips


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