Doing Visual Research
- Claudia Mitchell - McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Doing Visual Research offers an innovative introduction to the use of photography, collaborative video, drawing, objects, multi-media production and installation in research. Claudia Mitchell explains how visual methods can be used as modes of inquiry as well as modes of representation for social research.
The book looks at a range of conceptual and practical approaches to a range of tools and methods, while also highlighting the interpretive and ethical issues that arise when engaging in visual research. She draws on her own work in the field of visual research throughout to offer extensive examples from a variety of settings and with a variety of populations. Topics covered include:
- Photographs and memory work studies
- Drawing as a participatory visual methodology
- Working with images/Writing about images
- Can visual methods make a difference? From practice to policy
Doing Visual Research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject of visual research, producing a practical introduction to the subject that will be of great use to students and researchers across the social sciences, and in particular in education, communication, sociology, gender, development, social work and public health.
Doing Visual Research offers an excellent starting point for imagining how visual methods might be fruitfully employed.
Excellent book - very clearly laid out
This is an exceptionally useful book and I would I would consider it core for a research methods course. For my particular course, I intend to recommend it to those students who adopt a visual research approach to their data generation.
The book is highly accessible and the inclusion of visual methods in research is demystified. As well as being a 'how to' publication, the author offers rich examples from her own practice which help to vivify the text.
Useful and interesting to read
Excellent introduction to visual research methods
very good book which learners are able to use for research to complete their essays and assignments whist studying for the course
Just wasn't the right match for the course. I preferred the visual methodologies text.
Book to advanced for my class, but it is an excellent Text! Should I teach a visual comm methods course, I will definitely use this text!
Unsure whether this book is appropriate for the type of research our students do. Have not had time to review it fully.
This is an excellent guide to the topic