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Sharing images, spoiling meanings? class, gender, and ethics in visual research with girls

Fink, Janet and Lomax, Helen (2016) Sharing images, spoiling meanings? class, gender, and ethics in visual research with girls. Girlhood Studies, 9 (3). pp. 20-36. ISSN 1938-8209

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Abstract

In our article we consider the ethical challenges engendered by participatory visual research with girls. Drawing on photographs taken by and of girls we explore how to reconcile the challenges generated by disseminating images of girls while supporting them to have a voice in research. Our concerns are focused on how to maintain the integrity of girls’ visual voices while protecting them from any harm that may result from revealing visual information about them. This issue has become increasingly germane for visual sociology since developments in digital technology and visual culture mean that images can circulate instantaneously and in perpetuity, potentially stripping them of their creators’ intentions and infusing them with new and unintended meanings. We consider different approaches to resolving our ongoing ethical dilemma and examine their potential for honoring the flesh-and-blood girl’s right to be heard amidst concerns about her digital visibility.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedited version of an article published in Girlhood Studies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Fink, J & Lomax H (2016) 'Sharing images, spoiling meanings? class, gender, and ethics in visual research with girls', Girlhood Studies. 9 (3): 20-36 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/ghs.2016.090303
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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Depositing User: Janet Fink
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 14:55
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2017 21:56
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/29140

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