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Visualizing risk: Using participatory photography to explore individuals sense-making of risk
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 19, no 3, 347-363 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although the field of risk research is increasingly alert to new theoretical and empirical perspectives, it is still the case that few studies take a visual approach, despite its obvious worth in capturing peoples experiences of everyday life. This paper considers how a visual approach can be used to deepen our knowledge of sense-making of risk, particularly young peoples views on risk. It presents empirical findings from a study that uses participatory photography to capture what individuals define as serious risks in everyday life and how these risks are expressed (722 participants in Sweden, aged 5-33, mostly children or adolescents). The conclusion is that focusing on stories embedded in images independently contributes new knowledge about how the individual makes sense of risk in everyday life, and especially that visual methods of data collection and analysis illuminate how individual sense-making of risk is intertwined with other aspects of meaning-making in everyday life. In other words, it is time for a visual turn in risk research.

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2016. Vol. 19, no 3, 347-363 p.
Keyword [en]
participatory photography, sense-making of risk, visual narrative analysis, visual sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28868DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2014.983943ISI: 000374641800006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84913589226OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-28868DiVA: diva2:972804
Available from: 2016-09-22 Created: 2016-09-22 Last updated: 2016-12-09Bibliographically approved

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