1st Edition

Participatory Visual Methodologies in Global Public Health

Edited By Claudia Mitchell, Marni Sommer Copyright 2017
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    Participatory Visual Methodologies in Global Public Health focuses on the use of participatory visual methodologies such as photovoice, participatory video (including cellphilming or the use of cell phones to make videos), drawing and mapping in public health research. These approaches are modes of inquiry that can engage participants and communities, eliciting evidence about their own health and well-being, as well as modes of representation and modes of production in the co-creation of knowledge, and modes of dissemination in relation to knowledge translation and mobilization. Thus, the production by a group of girls or young women of a set of photos or videos from their own visual perspective can offer new evidence on how, for example, they see sexual violence. Unlike other data such as those collected through surveys or even conventional interviews, the images they have produced not only inform the empirical evidence, but also do not need to remain in a laboratory or the office of a researcher. They can, through exhibitions and screenings, reach various audiences: school or health personnel, parents and community members, and perhaps also policy-makers. This collection offers a critical overview for students, practitioners, researchers and policy-makers working in or concerned with the use of participatory methodologies in public health around the globe. This book was originally published as a special issue of Global Public Health.

    Introduction: Participatory visual methodologies in global public health Claudia M. Mitchell and Marni Sommer

    1. Research as intervention? Exploring the health and well-being of children and youth facing global adversity through participatory visual methods Miranda D’Amico, Myriam Denov, Fatima Khan, Warren Linds and Bree Akesson

    2. ‘Closer to my world’: Children with autism spectrum disorder tell their stories through photovoice Vu Song Ha and Andrea Whittaker

    3. Growing healthy children and communities: Children’s insights in Lao People’s Democratic Republic Mónica Ruiz-Casares

    4. Participatory mapping in low-resource settings: Three novel methods used to engage Kenyan youth and other community members in community-based HIV prevention research Eric P. Green, Virginia Rieck Warren, Sherryl Broverman, Benson Ogwang and Eve S. Puffer

    5. Exploring social inclusion strategies for public health research and practice: The use of participatory visual methods to counter stigmas surrounding street-based substance abuse in Colombia Amy E. Ritterbusch

    6. Bodies as evidence: Mapping new terrain for teen pregnancy and parenting Aline C. Gubrium, Alice Fiddian-Green, Kasey Jernigan and Elizabeth L. Krause

    7. From informed consent to dissemination: Using participatory visual methods with young people with long-term conditions at different stages of research Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, Ana Martins, Imelda Coyne, Gemma Bryan and Faith Gibson

    8. Beyond engagement in working with children in eight Nairobi slums to address safety, security, and housing: Digital tools for policy and community dialogue Claudia Mitchell, Fatuma Chege, Lucy Maina and Margot Rothman

    9. ‘People like me don’t make things like that’: Participatory video as a method for reducing leprosy-related stigma R. M. H. Peters, M. B. M. Zweekhorst, W. H. van Brakel, J. F. G. Bunders and Irwanto

    10. Supporting youth and community capacity through photovoice: Reflections on participatory research on maternal health in Wakiso district, Uganda David Musoke, Rawlance Ndejjo, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho and Asha S. George

    11. Using participant-empowered visual relationship timelines in a qualitative study of sexual behaviour Tamar Goldenberg, Catherine Finneran, Karen L. Andes and Rob Stephenson

    12. Regarding realities: Using photo-based projective techniques to elicit normative and alternative discourses on gender, relationships, and sexuality in Mozambique Emily S. Holman, Catherine K. Harbour, Rosa Valéria Azevedo Said and Maria Elena Figueroa

    13. Visual methodologies and participatory action research: Performing women’s communitybased health promotion in post-Katrina New Orleans M. Brinton Lykes and Holly Scheib

    14. The heroines of their own stories: Insights from the use of life history drawings in research with a transnational migrant community Jennifer S. Hirsch and Morgan M. Philbin

    15. Community health workers as cultural producers in addressing gender-based violence in rural South Africa Naydene de Lange and Claudia Mitchell

    16. Champions for social change: Photovoice ethics in practice and ‘false hopes’ for policy and social change Gloria Johnston


    Claudia Mitchell is a James McGill Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Institute for Human Development and Well-being at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her research cuts across visual and other participatory methodologies in relation to youth, gender and sexuality, girls’ education, teacher identity and critical areas of international development linked to gender and HIV and AIDS.

    Marni Sommer is an Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA. She is also the Executive Editor of the Global Public Health journal. Her research includes the use of participatory methodologies to explore how gender, sexuality, and the transition through puberty intersect with education among young people in low-income countries.