Walking the neighbourhood, seeing the small details of community life: reflections from a photography walking tour

Fink, Janet (2012). Walking the neighbourhood, seeing the small details of community life: reflections from a photography walking tour. Critical Social Policy, 32(1) pp. 31–50.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018311425198

Abstract

This paper examines the value of photography walking tours for exploring meanings and experiences of community. The work is part of a larger visual research project which sought to examine the everyday lives of residents in a neighbourhood identified as ‘disadvantaged’, with the tour
being organized as an opportunity for residents to identify what they valued about their local environment and what they considered to be problematic. The dynamics involved in gathering this photographic record are one element of the discussion as is analysis of the ways in which the participants constructed and re-constructed their sense of community through the different examples they selected for photographing. The paper is thus concerned with the ways in which visual data bring different insights to understandings of which practices, services and resources are embedded in meanings of community in working-class neighbourhoods and, in turn, how such data might have value for informing policy and practice about the experiences of inequality in contemporary England.

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