Psychogeography and the study of social environments: Extending visual methodological research in psychology

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In this chapter, the author reflects upon how walking can be used as a visual method, and how experiences of walking, writing narrative accounts and creating subverted maps can all contribute to the study of subjective experience and material environments. This work extends qualitative research in psychology in arguing for what has been referred to by some researchers as a ‘turn to place’. The situationists referred to a practice called psychogeography whereby they actively disorientated themselves in places to open themselves up to how they experienced and made sense of environments. It is important to revive political research in psychology by connecting it to psychogeography, situationism and Marxism. In this work the author have demonstrated how psychogeographic methods can be used in psychology and have drawn importance to the practice of challenging the routinised ways in which we think and behave in environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Handbook of Visual Methods in Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationUsing and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research
EditorsPaula Reavey
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351032063
ISBN (Print)9781138491793, 9781138491809
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2020


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