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Researching the Visual

Researching the Visual

Second Edition

December 2012 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The exciting Second Edition provides an overview of the field of visual research by drawing on the contributions of traditions as diverse as semiotics, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, and material culture studies and by demonstrating their potential application for the visual researcher. Researching the Visual first covers traditional themes in visual research along with current trends in the field. It goes on to show how visual research should also embrace the analysis of everyday objects, places, and forms of interactions through its discussion of 2D and 3D visual data and both lived and living visual data. A brand new chapter on virtual visual data adds another dimension to this comprehensive book.

This updated new edition includes fully updated exercises which show students how "low-tech, low-budget" visual research can provide methodologically sophisticated ways of testing and developing cultural theory. The book also addresses the ethical considerations that are relevant to visual researchers.

Generously illustrated with images and diagrams, this new Second Edition is the perfect companion to those doing visual research projects and writing dissertations and theses.
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

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

This book is a great reference for our students doing their thesis and final projects. The University library was requested to acquire copies.

Cheryl Borsoto
Communication, Ateneo de Manila University
April 26, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Michael Emmison

After nearly four decades at the University of Queensland, Michael Emmison retired in 2012 from his position as Reader in the School of Social Science. He is currently an Honorary Reader and Research Fellow and is still active in a number of areas of research, particularly visual social inquiry and language and social interaction. His most recent book is Researching The Visual, 2nd edition, co-authored with Philip Smith and Margery Mayall, published by SAGE in 2012. More About Author

Philip D Smith

Margery Mayall

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