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Photovoice for Social Justice, the latest volume in SAGE's Qualitative Research Methods Series, helps readers in the health and social sciences learn the foundations and applications of this exciting qualitative method. Authors Jean M. Breny and Shannon L. McMorrow approach photovoice as not only a community-based participatory research method, but as a method for social justice, centering community participants, organizations, and policy makers at the heart of this research method. Special topics relating to social justice include a focus on ethics and working with marginalized communities, sensitive concerns during data collection, and presenting the work to communities and policymakers, as well as academics. Written for students and researchers new to photovoice, this brief text takes readers from the process of conceptualizing and implementing a photovoice study to  analyzing data and finally presenting the results of the study. The book concludes with suggestions for future iterations of photovoice, including web based resources and digital storytelling. The authors take into account the realities of photovoice as a method by providing practical, applied tools including sample consent forms, presentations, recruitment flyers, and photo-taking tips. Using Photovoice for Social Justice, new and experienced researchers can design, implement, and analyze their photovoice projects.

 
Chapter One: Introduction
Purpose of this Book

 
History and Background of Photovoice

 
Theoretical Underpinnings of Photovoice

 
Documentary Photography

 
Empowerment Education

 
Feminist Theory and Research

 
Photovoice for Social Justice

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter Two: Ethical Issues and Navigating Institutional Review Boards
Chapter Overview

 
Institutional Review Board Explained

 
Ethical Considerations with Photovoice

 
Consideration for Special Populations

 
Informed Consent in Photovoice

 
Safety of Participants

 
Privacy of Research Participants

 
Navigating Institutional Review Boards with a Photovoice Study

 
Incentives/Payment for Participants as Co-researchers

 
Case Illustration: An IRB Experience with a Photovoice Project with Minors

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Two Tools

 
1) Photovoice Methods for IRB Application

 
2) Photo Release Form

 
3) Photovoice Consent Form

 
4) Youth Assent Form

 
 
Chapter Three: Getting Started with Your Photovoice Study
Chapter Overview

 
Research Question, Population, or Both?

 
Setting up your Project Management Plan

 
Recruiting Participants

 
Figure 3.1: Tips for Successful Photovoice Participant Recruitment

 
Considerations of Technology

 
Cameras and Photography

 
Photo Storage and Displaying

 
Case Illustration – Recruitment, Logistics, and Starting a Project

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Three Tools

 
1) Sample Recruitment Flyer: College Women Research

 
2) Sample Project Management Plan

 
3) Sample Recruitment Flyer for Congolese Women Research

 
4) Sample of “Translated” Research Question for Photovoice with Teen Girls

 
 
Chapter Four: Photovoice Implementation and Data Collection
Chapter Overview

 
Figure 4.1

 
The Critical First Team Meeting

 
Option for Preparation Meetings prior to Photo Questions

 
Meetings to Discuss Photos

 
Potential Challenges to Implementation

 
Case Study to Illustrate Implementation

 
Conclusion

 
Chapter Four Tools

 
1) Sample of a First Meeting Agenda

 
2) Sample of Agendas, Topics, and Curriculum for All Sessions

 
 
Chapter Five: Analyzing and Presenting Photovoice Data
Chapter Overview

 
Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Figure 5.1 Example of the Qualitative Data Analysis Process

 
Participatory Analysis

 
Photovoice Analysis Process

 
Organizing and Initial Analysis

 
Coding

 
Establishment of Themes

 
Presentation of Results

 
Academic Presentation of Results

 
Figure 5.2

 
Figure 5.3

 
Figure 5.4

 
Figure 5.5

 
Presentation of Results for Social Justice

 
 
Chapter Six: Emerging Possibilities
Digital Storytelling and Videovoice

 
Social Media and Photovoice

 
Conclusion

 
On-Line Resources

 
Overall Concluding Thoughts and Top Ten Tips

 

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