Inequalities, images and insights for policy and research

Janet Fink, Helen Lomax

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Drawing upon a growing interest in the impact of visual culture and the use of visual data within the health and social sciences, the introduction to this interdisciplinary collection of papers examines what visual methodologies and visual 'evidence' can bring to the study of social inequalities. It sets out the specific contributions by authors in order to identify their different methodological approaches, theoretical interests and analytical concerns and to explore the implications and possibilities of their visual methodologies for those researching and working in the policy arena. With a particular emphasis on the dialogues between context, text and image, the paper highlights the insights generated by the collection into the forms and experiences of inequality that have shaped and continue to shape societies, communities, families and individual lives. It also suggests how the visual might contribute to extending understanding of the ways social inequalities are imagined, constituted and reinforced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number1
Early online date6 Dec 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


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