Visualizing participatory development communication in social change processes: challenging the notion that visual research methods are inherently participatory

Simpson Reeves, Laura (2015) Visualizing participatory development communication in social change processes: challenging the notion that visual research methods are inherently participatory. International Journal of Communication, 9 2015: 3327-3346.

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Author Simpson Reeves, Laura
Title Visualizing participatory development communication in social change processes: challenging the notion that visual research methods are inherently participatory
Journal name International Journal of Communication   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-8036
2327-1035
Publication date 2015-10-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 9
Issue 2015
Start page 3327
End page 3346
Total pages 20
Place of publication Riley, IN, United States
Publisher Science and Engineering Publishing Company
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Participatory development communication approaches increasingly use visual research methods with little critical reflection. This article challenges the implicit assumption across the community and international development sector that visual research methods are inherently participatory. I analyze a workshop held in Papua New Guinea that explored a visual multimethod approach in a participatory development context. In particular, I review the methods used in respect to the key participatory development communication principles of horizontal dialogue and local ownership. The findings show that visual research methods are not inherently participatory, but require reflection and conscious decision making by the facilitator(s) to ensure high levels of participation.
Keyword Visual research methods
Participatory development communication
Community development
Papua New Guinea
International development
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/2954

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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Created: Mon, 19 Oct 2015, 20:36:03 EST by Laura Simpson Reeves on behalf of School of Communication and Arts