Title
Visual sociology reframed: an analytical synthesis and discussion of visual methods in social and cultural research Visual sociology reframed: an analytical synthesis and discussion of visual methods in social and cultural research
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Beverly Hills, Calif. ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Sociological methods and research. - Beverly Hills, Calif., 1972, currens
Volume/pages
38(2010) :4 , p. 545-581
ISSN
0049-1241
1552-8294
ISI
000278829500002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Visual research is still a rather dispersed and ill-defined domain within the social sciences. Despite a heightened interest in using visuals in research, efforts toward a more unified conceptual and methodological framework for dealing vigilantly with the specifics of this (relatively) new way of scholarly thinking and doing remain sparse and limited in scope. In this article, the author proposes a more encompassing and refined analytical framework for visual methods of research. The Integrated Framework tries to account for the great variety within each of the currently discerned types or methods. It does so by moving beyond the more or less arbitrary and often very hybridly defined modes and techniques, with a clear focus on what connects or transcends them. The second part of the article discusses a number of critical issues that have been raised while unfolding the framework. These issues continue to pose a challenge to a more visual social science, but can be turned into opportunities for advancement when dealt with appropriately.
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