Just what is a picture worth? Qualitative research is dominated by language. However, researchers have recently shown a growing interest in adopting an image-based approach. This is the first volume dedicated to exploring this approach and will prove an invaluable sourcebook for researchers in the field. The book covers a broad scope, including theory and the research process; and provides practical examples of how image-based research is applied in the field. It discusses use of images in child abuse investigation; exploring children's drawings in health education; cartoons; the media and teachers.

Introduction; Part 1 A Theoretical Overview of Image-Based Research; Chapter 1 Visual Anthropology: Image, Object and Interpretation, Marcus Banks; Chapter 2 An Argument for Visual Sociology, Douglas Harper; Chapter 3 Film-Making and Ethnographic Research, Paul Henley; Chapter 4 ‘The Camera never Lies’: The Partiality of Photographic Evidence, Brian Winston; Chapter 5 Psychology and Photographic Theory, Órla Cronin; Chapter 6 Visual Sociology, Documentary Photography, and Photojournalism: It’s (Almost) All a Matter of Context, Howard S. Becker; Chapter 7 The Status of Image-Based Research, Jon Prosser; Part 2 Images in the Research Process; Chapter 8 Photographs within the Sociological Research Process, Jon Prosser, Dona Schwartz; Chapter 9 Remarks on Visual Competence as an Integral Part of Ethnographic Fieldwork Practice: The Visual Availability of Culture, Michael Ball; Chapter 10 Photocontext, Clem Adelman; Chapter 11 Media Convergence and Social Research: The Hathaway Project, Rob Walker, Ron Lewis; Chapter 12 The Application of Images in Child Abuse Investigations, Hollida Wakefield, Ralph Underwager; Part 3 Image-Based Research in Practice; Chapter 13 Picture This! Class Line-Ups, Vernacular Portraits and Lasting Impressions of School, Claudia Mitchell, Sandra Weber; Chapter 14 Interpreting Family Photography as Pictorial Communication, Richard Chalfen; Chapter 15 Pupils Using Photographs in School Self-Evaluation, Michael Schratz, Ulrike Steiner-Löffler; Chapter 16 Cartoons and Teachers: Mediated Visual Images as Data, Terry Warburton; Chapter 17 Images and Curriculum Development in Health Education, Noreen M. Wetton, Jennifer McWhirter; Chapter 18 Making Meanings in Art Worlds: A Sociological Account of the Career of John Constable and His Oeuvre, with Special Reference to ‘The Cornfield’ (Homage to Howard Becker), Elizabeth Chaplin;