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    The uses and limits of Photovoice in research on life after immigration detention and deportation

    Turnbull, Sarah (2019) The uses and limits of Photovoice in research on life after immigration detention and deportation. In: Deflem, M. and Silva, D.M.D. (eds.) Methods of Criminology and Criminal Justice Research. Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance 24. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing. ISBN 9781787698666. (In Press)

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    Purpose – This paper critically reflects on the author’s failed attempt to incorporate visual methods in follow-up research on immigration detention and deportation in Britain. In particular, it considers the uses and limits of participant-generated visuals, and the specific method of photovoice, which were originally conceived as a means to explore themes of home, identity, and belonging in and through practices of detention and release or expulsion. Methodology/Approach – This paper discusses the visual method of photovoice to consider the uses and limits of participant-generated visuals. Findings – Drawing on the notion of research ‘failure’, this paper highlights the challenges and limitations of photovoice in follow-up research with individuals who were detained and/or deported, pointing to various methodological, logistical, ethical, and political issues pertaining to the method itself and the use of the visual in criminological research. Originality/Value – Criminologists are increasingly considering the visual and the power of photographic images within criminological research, both as objects of study and through the use of visual methodologies. This shift towards the examination, as well as integration, of images raises a number of important methodological, ethical, and political questions worthy of consideration, including instances where visual methods like photovoice are unsuccessful in a research project.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Photovoice, immigration detention, deportation, visual criminology, research failure
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Sarah Turnbull
    Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 13:54
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:49


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