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Researching the Visual

Researching the Visual

Second Edition

December 2012 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This second edition provides an excellent overview of the field by covering the traditional themes and current trends in image centred photographic visual inquiry but extends this by demonstrating the rich possibilities available through the analysis of everyday objects, places and interactions. The book includes chapters on researching 2D and 3D visual data, along with lived and living visual data, and also features a brand new chapter on researching the virtual world of the internet.

Drawing on theoretical traditions as diverse as semiotics, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism and material culture studies, the second edition provides an invaluable guide for researchers interested in conducting innovative visual inquiry. Packed with exercises and projects, the book makes it easy for students to undertake their own research with limited resources and budget. The new edition also features helpful icons alerting researchers to important ethical considerations that are vital in the field of visual research.

Generously illustrated with images and diagrams, this new edition is the perfect companion to those doing projects, dissertations or theses involving visual research.

A Very Short Introduction: The Scope of Visual Research
Ethics in Visual Research
Visual Research: The Disciplinary Core
Two-Dimensional Visual Data: Photographs and Beyond
Three-Dimensional Visual Data
Lived Visual Data
Living Forms of Visual Data
Virtual Visual Data

This book will be recommended as essential reading for the course.
Comprehensive methodological text, will ensure students have the background and understanding they need.

Dr Angela Dickinson
CRIPACC, Hertfordshire University
October 25, 2019

Excellent addition to the reading list. A very good overview of the area with good examples. I hope to use the text to introduce visual research to my students.

Mrs denise Burke Mac Giolla Ri
Humanities , AIT Athlone Institute of Technology
November 19, 2015

This is a very good text on the visual research methods. While PG students may find it useful, UG students need to read a more accessible text first.

Dr Jung Woo Lee
Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Health, Edinburgh University
May 9, 2015

It is a very interesting book for specialized social investigators.
The examples are good, and it includes a quite number of good ideas of how to afront qualitative social investigation based in the analysis of different kind of images: photograhs, existing images, internet, but olso public spaces, body use, etc.
I recomend it to get a new an different idea of "the visual"

Dr Marian Ispizua
Sociology, Universidad del Pams Vasco
February 24, 2015

A very useful book to help students think creatively about their undergrad./postgrad. dissertation research methods.

Dr Nadine Tchelebi
Business Law , Faculty Of Applied Sciences
July 7, 2014

I have enjoyed using this book and I find it very comprehensive in terms of different types of visual data. It has a good practical approach and considers analysis which is something lacking sometimes in texts on visual methods.

Dr Joanne Hill
Faculty of Education and Sport, University of Bedfordshire
May 30, 2014

This textbook is accessible and highly informative in approach. It brings alive the importance of using visual methods as a method of data collection. Highly recommended.

Dr Sal Watt
Psychology Department, Liverpool Hope University
April 18, 2014

This book offers a clear overview of what visual methods are, what they can be used for, and offers many examples along the way. It's on the suggested reading list for my students who are interested in this.

Mr Jeroen Moes
University College Maastricht, Maastricht University
January 22, 2014

Like the Rose text.

Dr Michael Berson
Secondary Education Dept, University of South Florida
August 2, 2013

For my course I was looking for a book that focusses more on photography and journalism. Parts of this book are usable, but most of it serves another public and another goal. But besides that: it is a very good introduction in theoretical traditions on visual research and I will recommend the book to some of my students who are, for their thesis, working on visual research.

Dr Willem Koetsenruijter
Journalism and New Media, Leiden University
May 7, 2013

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