Visual Research Methods in the Social Sciences: Awakening Visions is an indispensable resource for students, researchers and teachers seeking to use visual sources in their research and understand how images work. This fully updated edition adds questions and activities for studies and many new images and models as well as additional exploration of social and theoretical contexts and examples of current visual and multimodal research.

Due to the proliferation of image-centric social media and the growing potential for ‘fake news’, being able to critically assess media and other visual messages is more important than ever. For researchers embarking on visual research this book offers useful practical guidance and real-world examples from seasoned researchers exploring cultures as varied as: religious cults in Venezuela, The Beer Can Regatta in Darwin, Mapuche Indians in Chile and graffiti artists in Sheffield. It offers an integrated approach to visual research, building compelling case studies using a wide range of visual forms including: archive images, media samples, maps, objects, video, photographs, and drawings alongside traditional qualitative approaches. Examples of the visual construction of ‘place’, representations of social identities and different approaches to analysis are explored in the first section of the book, whilst the essays in the second section highlight the creativity and innovation of four leading visual researchers.

This new edition will prove valuable for both experienced visual researchers and those embarking on visual research in the social sciences for the first time.

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 feìminine: 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 María Lionza (Venezuela, Barcelona, and the internet)