Working Visually in Community Identity Ethnography

By Jon Austin and Andrew Hickey.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper explores the democratic and participatory potential resident within visual ethnographic research. The first section presents the scope of the field of new digital technologies that contribute to more complex forms of visually-based research and looks at the ways in which the visual has come to present useful possibilities for researchers looking to create more authentic experiences of the site under consideration. The authors typically follow a six-stage process in conducting their research work, and each of these stages presents opportunity for the application of visual research approaches, and the second section of this paper draws upon one visually-based project and demonstrates how various techniques and approaches have been utilized in that work.

Keywords: Identity, Visual Ethnography, Research, Digital Technologies

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.705MB).

Jon Austin

Associate Professor, Centre for Research in Transformative Pedagogies, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, TOOWOOMBA, Queensland, Australia

Jon Austin is an Associate Professor and member of the Centre for Research in Transformative Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland. His current academic and research interests reside broadly within the areas of cultural studies and critical pedagogy: identity & difference; postcolonial and decolonial praxis; and transformative pedagogies. He is the editor and co-author of three books (Culture & Identity 2005, Re-Presenting Education 2006, and Educating for Healthy Communities 2007). His doctoral work was in the area of whiteness and white identity.

Dr. Andrew Hickey

Lecturer- Cultural Studies and Social Theory, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Andrew Hickey is a member of the Centre for Research in Transformative Pedagogy and Lecturer in Social Theory and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Education, USQ. He has published in the areas of identity, representation politics, critical pedagogy and qualitative research methodologies and is the author of (Re)Presenting Education (with Jon Austin) published by Pearson in 2006. Andrew is also a musician and plays in blues-rock bands whilst maintaining a collection of Fender Stratocaster guitars. Between playing in bands and keeping his two boys under control, he completed his Doctoral studies by ethnographically investigating applications and ideas of ‘community’ in contemporary urban settings.


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