Sharing images, spoiling meanings? Class, gender and ethics in visual research with girls

Janet Fink, Helen Lomax

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Abstract

Our paper considers the ethical challenges engendered by participatory visual research with girls. Drawing on photographs taken by and of girls we consider how to reconcile the challenges generated by disseminating images of girls whilst supporting them to have a voice in research. Our concerns are focused on how to maintain the integrity of girls’ visual voices while protecting them from any harm that may emerge from revealing visual information about them. This issue has become increasingly germane for visual sociology as developments in digital technology and visual culture mean that images can circulate instantaneously and for time immemorial, potentially stripping them of their creators’ intentions and infusing them with new and unintended meanings. The paper considers different approaches to resolving our ongoing ethical dilemma and examines their potential for honoring the flesh and blood girl’s right to be heard amidst concerns about her digital visibility.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGirlhood Studies
Volume9
Issue number3
Early online date2 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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