Introduction Section I:2Visual research and social realities 1. Visualising social life 2. The Research Process and Visual Methods 3. Mapping society: a 'sense of place' 4. Visualising identity 5. Visual analysis Section II: Research practices in focus 6. Framing a photogaphie feiminine: photography of the city 7. Mixing mediums and methods: practice-led research into interactive screen-based production and reception 8. Photography as process, documentary photographing as discourse 9. Research as an eclectic assemblage: Notes on a visual ethnography of the cult of Maria Lionza (Venezuela, Barcelona, and the internet)
Stephen Spencer retired as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in 2020. His research interests include the visual and popular cultural mediation of social and political values in everyday life, the exploration of 'race' and ethnicity, media representation and social identities. He is the author of 'A Dream Deferred': Guyana Under the Shadow of Colonialism (Hansib, 2006) and Race and Ethnicity: Culture, Identity and Representation (Second Edition, Routledge, 2014), which concerned the ways in which people are classified and the role of images in popular culture as a means of circulating mythical concepts of 'race' and multicultural identity. His more recent research has focused on visual methodologies for research and teaching as well as exploring urban divisions, including Africville in Nova Scotia in 2008 and Sheffield in South Yorkshire in 2013-18. He has also produced short video pieces on consumerism, moral panics, media representation of the Iraq conflict, homeless Aborigines in Darwin and the complex meanings of multiculturalism.
"This is such an energising and thoughtful exploration of visual
methods in their myriad forms. Written accessibly, and blending
theoretical and critical discussions with practical advice, Stephen
Spencer's book is a must for any researcher using visual methods
for the first time, or seeking to develop their visual
Jon Dean , Associate Professor in Politics and Sociology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK