Testing Pink’s Claims

I did a Google Scholar search for Sarah Pink’s groundbreaking book, Doing Visual Ethnography, to figure out who has cited it. I chose to use this research technique for a few reasons. First, I wanted to “test” Pink’s claims that visual ethnography is interdisciplinary, so I paid particular attention to if/how visual ethnography was being used in a variety of fields. I also wanted to consider Pink’s argument that visual ethnography is a “method” that is used in different ways by different people and adjusted for different research questions. Since I haven’t read any  of the sources I’ve listed below, I have yet to find out if this is true (yet). Moreover, I wanted to see if this research was current. I ordered the articles by date, and I was pleasantly surprised to find many things published in 2015.

Here is a list of the texts that seemed compelling:

  • Andrade, Antonio Díaz, Cathy Urquhart, and Tiru S. Arthanari. “Seeing for Understanding: Unlocking the Potential of Visual Research in Information Systems.” Journal of the Association for Information Systems 16.8 (2015): 646-673.
  • Balmer, Claire, Frances Griffiths, and Janet Dunn. “A review of the issues and challenges involved in using participant‐produced photographs in nursing research.” Journal of advanced nursing (2015).
  • Barbarin, Andrea, Tiffany C. Veinot, and Predrag Klasnja. “Taking our Time: Chronic Illness and Time-Based Objects in Families.” Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing. ACM, 2015.
  • Beart, Kirsteen, Adam Barnard, and Hannah Skelhorn. “Visual methodologies in mental health.” The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice10.3 (2015): 170-179.
  • Bird, Jamie. “I couldn’t move forward if I didn’t look back”: Visual Expression and Transitional Stories of Domestic Violence. Diss. 2015.
  • Boudioni, Markella, et al. “More than what the eye can see: the emotional journey and experience of powerlessness of integrated care service users and their carers.” Patient preference and adherence 9 (2015): 529.
  • Bukhave, Elise Bromann, and Lotte Huniche. “Photo-Interviewing to Explore Everyday Occupation: Benefits and Issues.” Journal of Occupational Science(2015): 1-12.
  • Cardell, Beth. “Reframing Health Promotion for People With Intellectual Disabilities.” Global Qualitative Nursing Research 2 (2015): 2333393615580305.
  • Catoir-Brisson, Marie-Julie, and Laura Jankeviciute. “Entretien et méthodes visuelles: une démarche de recherche créative en sciences de l’information et de la communication.” Sciences de la société 92 (2014): 111-127.
  • Davison, Jane. “Visualising accounting: an interdisciplinary review and synthesis.” Accounting and Business Research 45.2 (2015): 121-165.
  • Delgado, Melvin. Urban Youth and Photovoice: Visual Ethnography in Action. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Ehn, Billy, Orvar Löfgren, and Richard Wilk. Exploring Everyday Life: Strategies for Ethnography and Cultural Analysis. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  • Hill, Joanne. “Girls’ active identities: navigating othering discourses of femininity, bodies and physical education.” Gender and Education 27.6 (2015): 666-684.
  • Hodge, Lisa. “Creative Endeavours in Eating Disorder Research.” Critical and Creative Research Methodologies in Social Work (2015).
  • Morrison, T. L., and R. L. Thomas. “Comparing men’s and women’s experiences of work after cancer: a photovoice study.” Supportive Care in Cancer (2015): 1-9.
  • O’Reilly, Karen. “Ethnography: Telling Practice Stories.” Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource (2015).
  • Perlman, Edna Barromi. “Analysis of Signs and Symbols of Caring and Nurturing in Photographs of Female Teachers.” Journal of Visual Literacy 33.2 (2014).
  • Pink, Sarah, et al. Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice. SAGE, 2015.
  • Riessman, Catherine Kohler. Narrative methods for the human sciences. Sage, 2008.
  • Rogers-Brown, Jennifer B. “More Than a War Story: A Feminist Analysis of Doing Dangerous Fieldwork.” At the Center: Feminism, Social Science and Knowledge. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. 111-131.
  • Rose, Gillian. Visual methodologies: An introduction to researching with visual materials. Sage, 2012.
  • Schwandt, Thomas A. The Sage dictionary of qualitative inquiry. Sage Publications, 2015.
  • Smith, Elizabeth. “Of fish and goddesses: using photo-elicitation with sex workers.” Qualitative Research Journal 15.2 (2015): 241-249.
  • Switzer, S., et al. “Visualizing harm reduction: Methodological and ethical considerations.” Social Science & Medicine 133 (2015): 77-84.
  • Wall, Erika. “Visualizing risk: using participatory photography to explore individuals’ sense-making of risk.” Journal of Risk Research ahead-of-print (2014): 1-17.
  • Wargo, Jon M. ““Every selfie tells a story…”: LGBTQ youth lifestreams and new media narratives as connective identity texts.” New Media & Society (2015): 1461444815612447.

I should note that I only looked at texts that cited the 3rd edition of the book (published in 2013).

Through this research, I also discovered some other key players in visual anthropology:

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