Picture this: researching child workers

Angela Bolton, Christopher Pole, Phillip Mizen

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Visual methods such as photography are under-used in the active process of sociological research. As rare as visual methods are, it is even rarer for the resultant images to be made by rather than of research participants. Primarily, the paper explores the challenges and contradictions of using photography within a multi-method approach. We consider processes for analysing visual data, different ways of utilising visual methods in sociological research, and the use of primary and secondary data, or, simple illustration versus active visual exploration of the social. The question of triangulation of visual data against text and testimony versus a stand-alone approach is explored in depth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-518
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2001


  • child employment
  • child labour
  • childhood
  • multi-strategy research
  • photography
  • visual sociology


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