The purpose of this paper is to consider the potential of visual (i.e. non-textual) research methods in community-based participatory research.
The authors draw on a case illustration of a photo- and video-voice campaign involving rural communities in British Columbia, Canada.
The authors find that visual research methods, in the form of photo- and video-voice campaigns, allow participants to form ties between their community and the broader sociocultural, natural and political milieu in which their community is located. The authors highlight the benefits of using such methodological approaches to capture an emic perspective of community building.
The contribution of this study is twofold. First, this study uses a photo- and video-voice campaign to showcase the role of visuals in articulating community pride – that is, how locals construct identity – and a sense of belongingness. Second, by focusing its analytical gaze on the idea of “community,” this paper revisits the importance of active involvement of research participants in the execution of empirical studies. Ultimately, the authors urge organization and management studies scholars, as well as those working in the social sciences more broadly, to further explore the value of innovative community-based research approaches in future work.
The authors gratefully acknowledge Lois Fearon for her thoughtful comments on an earlier version of this paper. The authors also thank Peter Svensson and two anonymous reviewers whose encouraging comments advanced several aspects of this paper.
Li, E.P.H., Prasad, A., Smith, C., Gutierrez, A., Lewis, E. and Brown, B. (2019), "Visualizing community pride: engaging community through photo- and video-voice methods", Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 377-392. https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-03-2018-1621
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