On SAGE Insight: Exploring the Impact of Youth-Produced Images on Family, Community, and Policy

From International Journal of Qualitative Methods

How are the images produced by children and young people used in community and policy dialogue? How might this work have an impact on families and those closest to the producers? There is increasing scholarly attention to the creative ways in which young people are engaging in policy dialogue. This research explores the role that visual researchers occupy as audiences to youth-led participatory visual work addressing critical issues. It uses a methodology of researcher reflexivity to invite visual researchers through semistrucured interviews to position themselves with respect to youth-produced images of sexual violence, refugee experience, and colonial trauma.

In focusing too much on whether something has led to policy change, it is possible to miss the impact of the everyday. This study recognises the importance of expanding ideas of what  impact might mean when it comes to engaging young people in the arts to address such concerns as sexual violence, HIV and AIDS prevention, and migration. What is hopeful in this kind of work is researcher reflexivity in work that seeks to be transformative.

Abstract

There is increasing scholarly attention to the creative ways in which young people are engaging in policy dialogue. Yet what other ways may we study the impact of youth-produced images on audiences? Here, we explore the role that visual researchers occupy as audiences to youth-led participatory visual work addressing critical issues. Drawing on qualitative research approaches in autoethnography, we use a methodology of researcher reflexivity to invite visual researchers through semistructured interviews to position themselves with respect to youth-produced images of sexual violence, refugee experience, and colonial trauma. In shifting our attention from studying the privileged position of researchers with respect to facilitating participatory visual research, we learn about the researcher’s privileged perspective on how other audiences may view the work, such as policy makers and community and family members. This study highlights some ethical and methodological considerations of facilitating dialogue between youth and various stakeholders on the critical issues impacting the lives of young people.

 

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Article details
Exploring the Impact of Youth-Produced Images on Family, Community, and Policy
Claudia Mitchell, Pamela Lamb, Haleh Raissadat,
First Published October 24, 2018 Research Article #
DOI: 10.1177/1609406918807609
International Journal of Qualitative Methods

 

 

     
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