Using photography in research with young migrants: addressing questions of visibility, movement and personal spaces

Fassetta, G. (2016) Using photography in research with young migrants: addressing questions of visibility, movement and personal spaces. Children's Geographies, 14(6), pp. 701-715. (doi:10.1080/14733285.2016.1190811)

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Abstract

This article discusses the experience of using photography in a research project with young (prospective) migrants in Ghana and Italy. Photography can be an empowering research tool, one that offers young participants a degree of control over the research process and thus allows their points of view to emerge. However, researchers need to consider that the choice of subjects may be influenced by the children’s desire to avoid taking photographs in public, as they may attract attention and the act of pointing a camera may provoke unwanted questions and comments. Moreover, young people often lack the means to move independently, and this may further restrict the subjects they are able to photograph. Finally, they may resent adults’ intrusion into their free time and therefore see taking photographs as a chore. I argue that all these factors need to receive greater attention when choosing photography in research with young participants.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fassetta, Dr Giovanna
Authors: Fassetta, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
Journal Name:Children's Geographies
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
ISSN:1473-3285
ISSN (Online):1473-3277
Published Online:30 May 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in Children's Geographies 14(6):701-715
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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