Inessential views of art and photography.
This post is an introduction to visual methods of research for social sciences. It comes from the sister blog “Visual Sociology”, which was part of an optional module for 3rd year students of Sociology and Politics at National University of Ireland, Galway.
In 2005, Douglas Harper argued for an Integrative Visual Sociology, which enables an empathetic understanding of sociological questions, as opposed to a more pattern-analysis-based, macro conceptualization of sociological questions. The main features of this new approach are:
The rise of Integrative Visual Sociology comes from a post-modern understanding of sociology, whereby truth is conceptualized as always partial and photographs are always an interpretation, which is subjected to change. A new focus is set on the relationships between researchers and participants…
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