An Applied Visual Sociology: Picturing Harm Reduction by Stephen Parkin

By Stephen Parkin

Exploring the worth of images and video as valid varieties of social enquiry, An utilized visible Sociology: Picturing damage relief constitutes a guidebook for engaging in utilized visible sociology inside future health comparable or social technological know-how study tasks, supplying a whole account of the visible examine trip and providing a validated template for undertaking theoretically-driven, sociologically-informed research.Against the historical past of the starting to be acclaim for visible equipment, this booklet is going past utilizing images for illustrative and descriptive reasons, to emphasize the significance of sociological, epistemological and analytical conception, including tools of knowledge assortment and the presentation of pictures for utilized reasons. As such, An utilized visible Sociology: Picturing damage aid deals a template for contemplating visible information as utilized examine, delivering an entire account of the way during which visible equipment can tell examine and particular interventions, including possibilities for college students and practitioners to think about utilized visible sociology in a sequence of functional or self-study projects .It will for this reason attraction not just to scholars and researchers fascinated with social and health-related qualitative study, or these looking to behavior cutting edge visible tasks in the social sciences, but additionally to students drawn to study tools, visible ethnography and damage aid methods to drug use.

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The core elements of anonymity, confidentiality and consent should not be overlooked or understated due to the universality of these issues in social research. • The statement of ethical practice issued by the Visual Sociology Study Group of the British Sociological Association (VSSG-BSA 2006) is essential and required reading for any person considering an applied visual sociology. • Applied visual sociology concerns the generation of new knowledge for positive intervention and does not aim to visually identify individuals – or provide image-based material – that will lead to penalty, prosecution or persecution of any research respondent/participant.

Term street-based harm reduction activities as a form of ‘peer intravention’, in which ‘prevention activities are conducted by and sustained through ongoing actions of members of communities at risk’ (of harm) (Friedman et al. 2004, 250). Similarly a number of initiatives based in the UK, and contemporaneous with the Dutch Junkiebonden model, may be equally termed as exemplars of peer intravention, grassroots activism and/or public health-focused direct action by drug users for other drug users.

Furthermore, adherence to these elementary ethical considerations will steer the researcher through all stages of research design, delivery and dissemination. 32 An Applied Visual Sociology: Picturing Harm Reduction Considering an Applied Visual Sociology In considering a research project that may be dedicated to an applied visual sociology of a given issue, this chapter€has outlined a suggested framework of priority issues that may be included in the initial stages of research design. In essence, this framework consists of: • A need to consider the actual purpose of adopting a visual approach to applied sociological research.

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