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Lost in translation: exploring childhood identity using photo-elicitation

Cooper, Victoria L. (2017). Lost in translation: exploring childhood identity using photo-elicitation. Children's Geographies, 15(6) pp. 625–637.

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Photo-elicitation is recognised as a visual method which can enhance children’s participation in research and is responsive to childhood experiences. This paper reports on a participatory study which employed photo-elicitation and examines what this method can reveal about research designed to explore children’s identity. Twenty children (6–10 years) were given a digital camera to take pictures ‘all about me’ at home and an after-school club. In addition, parents and practitioners participated in semi-structured interviews. This paper considers the materiality of photo-elicitation and describes the different ways in which children build narratives using photographs as interview prompts. Despite the capacity for photo-elicitation to enable children to take pictures of material things which forge connections to embodied, affective and routine identity processes, this paper critically examines how photographs as material things are made sense of and potentially translated within social practices bounded by power dynamics.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Informa UK limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 1473-3277
Keywords: affect; embodiment; identity; materiality; photo-elicitation; power
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 48867
Depositing User: Victoria Cooper
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 15:34
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 16:10
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