How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Using Photographs in Interviews: When We Lack the Words to Say What Practice Means

Using Photographs in Interviews: When We Lack the Words to Say What Practice Means

Karen Henwood Fiona Shirani Christopher Groves

Introduction

Social scientific research is highly reliant on its awareness, and means, of addressing relevant methodological questions; and, increasingly, demonstrating methodological prowess is part of working as an accomplished social scientist. But knowing how to conduct research in methodologically rigorous, insightful and creative ways is not always well understood, nor the skilled practices involved easily acquired.

Assumptions can become so embedded in social research's mainstream that non-standard approaches have evolved to help question ‘what everyone at first just considered, how they thought knowledge was validated, and what they thought reality was’ (Hopf, 2008, p. ...

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