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SAGE Visual Methods by Jason Hughes


SAGE Visual Methods by Jason Hughes

In contemporary Western societies, the visual domain has come to assume a hitherto unprecedented cultural centrality. Daily life is replete with a potentially endless stream of images and other visual messages: from the electronic and paper-based billboards of the street, to the TV and Internet feeds of the home. The visual has become imbued with a symbolic potency, a signifying power that seemingly eclipses that of all other sensory data. The central aim of this four-volume collection is to explore key approaches to visual research methods and to consider some of the core principles, issues, debates and controversies surrounding the use of visual techniques in relation to three key enterprises: 1) documentation and representation; 2) interpretation and classification and 3) elicitation and collaboration. Volume One: Principles, Issues, Debates and Controversies in Visual Research serves as a theoretical backdrop to the field as a whole. It introduces core epistemological, ethical and methodological debates that effectively cut across the four volume collection as a whole. Volume Two: Documentation and Representation illustrates approaches to visual documentation and representation, from classical documentaries to contemporary, state of the art modes of visual anthropology and ethnography. Volume Three: Interpretation and Classification examines core debates surrounding and approaches to visual analysis. Volume Four: Elicitation and Collaboration explores participative approaches to visual inquiry.

About the Author

Jason Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in sociology, at the University of Leicester. His first book, Learning to Smoke (University of Chicago Press, 2003) was the winner of the 2006 Norbert Elias prize. More recently, he has published on such topics as emotional intelligence, emotional labour, communities of practice, 'dirty work', moral panics, and 'figurational' sociology. He has recently completed, together with Eric Dunning, University of Leicester, a major study of the work of Norbert Elias Norbert Elias: Interdependence, Knowledge, Power, Process (Bloomsbury, 2012). His research interests relate to four central, overlapping, areas: organizational/industrial sociology; the sociology of emotions; the sociology of the body and health; and sociological theory. He has previously published on the topic of Internet research methods, and has more than 15 years experience of teaching and researching online.

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Publication date

23rd July 2012


Jason Hughes

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SAGE Publications Ltd


Contains 4 Hardbacks
1672 pages


Social research & statistics
Research methods: general



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