Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research

Eva M. Moya, PhD and Silvia María Chávez-Baray, PhD (Editors)
The University of Texas at El Paso, College of Health Sciences, Department of Social Work, El Paso, TX, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC026000



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“Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research” describes Photovoice through the lenses of different communities and countries and discusses the methods and tools that make Photovoice appropriate for cross-cultural use. This book delves into the strategies for using photography, visual arts, and group dialogue to identify community assets and concerns, generate empowerment through participation, and address health disparities and inequities.

The book highlights practice-focused applications of examples of community implementation of Photovoice and the use of visual arts. The book also intends to inspire advocates, researchers, clinicians, health and social service providers, policy makers, and multi-sectoral community stakeholders as they engage in collaborative research and practice to address inequities. Readers will be able to undertake a Photovoice Project to facilitate critical consciousness-raising for action to address disparities, discrimination, isolation, and exclusion at the community and societal levels to make the invisible visible.
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Chapter 1. The Use of Photovoice in Qualitative Research
(Eva M. Moya, PhD, and Silvia M. Chávez-Baray, PhD, Department of Social Work, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, US)

Chapter 2. Photovoice as a Community-Based Participatory Research Method to Address Disparities in Immigrant Health: A Systematic Review
(Maria Thomson and Omar Martinez, School of Social Work, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, US)

Chapter 3. Photovoice a High-Impact Educational Practice at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless
(Eva M. Moya, PhD, Silvia M. Chávez-Baray, PhD, and E. Aileen Martínez-Soto, Department of Social Work College of Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, US, and others)

Chapter 4. Multimedia Approaches: From Communication and Advocacy to Social Change
(Damien Schumann, Cape Town, South Africa)

Chapter 5. The Value of Photovoice: Reflections from Our Work with Persons Affected by Tuberculosis
(Romel Lacson, PhD, and Teresa Rugg, TB Photovoice Founder, and others)

Chapter 6. Mobilization and Social Justice from Meaningful Dialogue to Positive Change: The Use of Photovoice to Transform Tuberculosis Care in Mexico
(Blanca L. Lomeli-Amaya, MD, San Diego, CA, US)

Chapter 7. Photos and Voices from La Ventanilla: “Campesino Conservation” in the New Rurality
(W. Warner Wood, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US)

Chapter 8. Photovoice as a Community-Based Participatory Research Method to Address Environmental Issues in Rural Chiapas, Mexico
(Eduardo Flores Mendoza, Cyntia Reyes Hartmann and Jaime Eduardo Gómez Rodriguez, Ligalab Ideas que Unen A.C. Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México, and others)

Chapter 9. Juarez Civil Society Response to Political Challenges
(Héctor Antonio Padilla Delgado, PhD, Nemesio Castillo Viveros, PhD, Department of Social Sciences
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Juárez, México)

About the Editors and Contributors



“From literally cover-to-cover, this book delivers what its title promises- "Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research.” Whether read collectively or individually, the nine essay chapters here-in, thoughtfully interweave scholarly practice with professional research. The result is the affirmation of the endless value and timeless vitality of “Photovoice” as a catalytic tool for system-wide change. Whether new to this methodology of inquiry or seasoned in its use, readers will be witness to its art and science as it both captures and amplifies the images and voices of all involved. This book is a ‘must read’ for everyone who appreciates the interconnections between and among individuals, their families and communities, and the policies that are intended to serve them. Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research is a ‘must have’ for those of us committed to ensuring that our collaborations with communities are not just community- placed, they are genuinely community-based!” - Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., LISW, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Director, Social Justice Initiative and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships, Bryn Mawr College, USA, Co-Chair, Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, Co- author, The Alignment of Leadership Development and Participatory Action Research

“This new work edited by Drs. Moya and Chávez-Baray gives step-by-step instructions for implementing Photovoice, an asset-based approach that has the potential to empower and give voice to those who are too often unheard in society. The diverse applications captured by the experienced authors of the book’s chapters illustrate the flexibility of the method across different disciplines, contexts, and populations, and provide ideas for future work. The book is an essential toolbox for the qualitative community-based participatory researcher who is interested in both gaining insight into the lives of community members and working alongside them to effect meaningful change. However, it is also accessible to those who have never conducted research and who seek a documentary medium that has simultaneous potential for active intervention.” - John Wiebe, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at El Paso

"This incredible book is a compendium of information on the Photovoice method from a global perspective. It is very readable, and clearly documents the effectiveness of Photovoice as a method of research and empowerment in communities. This methodology also has a clear theoretical base of feminist theory, critical theory, and use of photography as a method. The first chapter is a clear explanation of the Photovoice method and has excellent appendices on the methodology of using this community based qualitative research. The following chapters detail the practical use of this method worldwide, in Mexico, and in the United States. It is clear that Photovoice has impacted many communities in the world and is change agent to impact policy makers. Reading this book will benefit practitioners, students, and academicians." - Dr. Steven Granich, Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, USA

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