Image-based Research: A Sourcebook for Qualitative Researchers

This book by Jon Prosser explores the use of images in qualitative research. It looks at the theory and processes behind this approach and uses a range of detailed examples that demonstrate its use in the field. Prosser looks at the use of images in a wide variety of contexts, including: child abuse investigation; exploring children's drawings in health education; cartoons; the media and teachers.

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  • An Argument for Visual Sociology 24
  • Filmmaking and Ethnographic Research 42
  • The Partiality of Photographic 60
  • Visual Sociology Documentary Photography 84
  • The Status of Imagebased Research 97
  • Images in the Research Process 113
  • Remarks on Visual Competence as an Integral Part 131
  • Photocontext 148
  • The Application of Images in Child Abuse Investigations 176
  • Imagebased Research in Practice 195
  • Interpreting Family Photography as Pictorial Communication 214
  • Pupils Using Photographs in School Selfevaluation 235
  • Cartoons and Teachers Mediated Visual Images as Data 252
  • A Sociological Account 284
  • Notes on Contributors 307
  • Copyright


Prosser, J. (1998). Image-based Research: A Sourcebook for Qualitative Researchers, Routledge; 1 edition. Retrieved from:

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