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Picturing Research

Drawing as Visual Methodology

  • Linda Theron
  • Claudia Mitchell
  • Claudia Mitchell
  • Ann Smith
  • Ann Smith
  • Jean Stuart

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
    1. Claudia Mitchell, Linda Theron, Ann Smith, Jean Stuart
      Pages 1-16
  2. The Drawing’s the Thing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Claudia Mitchell, Linda Theron, Jean Stuart, Ann Smith, Zachariah Campbell
      Pages 19-36
    3. Kathleen Pithouse
      Pages 37-48
    4. Linda Theron, Jean Stuart, Claudia Mitchell
      Pages 49-61
    5. Lara Bober
      Pages 63-76
    6. Katie MacEntee, Claudia Mitchell
      Pages 89-102
  3. Illustrations from Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Macalane Malindi, Linda Theron
      Pages 105-117
    3. Mathabo Khau
      Pages 119-131
    4. Jean Stuart, Ann Smith
      Pages 147-161
    5. Liesel Ebersöhn, Ronél Ferreira, Bathsheba Mbongwe
      Pages 163-176
    6. Naydene de Lange, Claudia Mitchell, Jean Stuart
      Pages 177-189
    7. Eliza M. Govender, Sertanya Reddy
      Pages 191-204
    8. Catherine Ann Cameron, Linda Theron
      Pages 205-217
    9. Claudia Mitchell, Naydene de Lange, Relebohile Moletsane
      Pages 219-231
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 233-244

About this book


Picturing research: drawing as visual methodology offers a timely analysis of the use of drawings in qualitative research. Drawing can be a method in itself, as in the research area of Visual Studies, and also one that complements the use of photography, video, and other visual methodologies. This edited volume is divided into two sections. The first section provides critical commentary on the use of drawings in social science research, addressing such issues of methodology as the politics of working with children and drawing, ethical issues in working with both adults and children, and some of the interpretive considerations. The second section, in its presentation of nine research-based case-studies, illustrates the richness of drawings. Each case study explores participatory research involving drawings that encourages social change, or illustrates participant resilience. These case studies also highlight the various genres of drawings including cartoons and storyboarding. The book draws on community-based research from a wide variety of contexts, most in South Africa, although it also includes work from Rwanda and Lesotho. Given the high rates of HIV&AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, it should not be surprising that many of the chapters take up concerns such as the preparation of teachers and community health workers in the age of AIDS, and the experiences of orphans and vulnerable children. Moving further afield, this book also includes work done with immigrant populations in Canada, and with tribunals in Somalia and Australia. Picturing research is an important resource for novice and experienced researchers interested in employing qualitative methodology that encourages rich (yet low-tech) visible data and that offers a participatory, enabling experience for participants and their communities.

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Theron
    • 1
  • Claudia Mitchell
    • 2
  • Claudia Mitchell
    • 3
  • Ann Smith
    • 4
  • Ann Smith
    • 5
  • Jean Stuart
    • 6
  1. 1.North-West UniversitySouth Africa
  2. 2.McGill UniversityCanada
  3. 3.University of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa
  4. 4.University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa
  5. 5.McGill UniversityCanada
  6. 6.University of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Picturing Research
  • Book Subtitle Drawing as Visual Methodology
  • Editors Linda Theron
    Claudia Mitchell
    Ann Smith
    Jean Stuart
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers 2011
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6091-596-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 244
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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