Cherrington, A. M. (2015). A hopeful participatory engagement with rural South African children. Educational Research for Social Change, 4(1), 40–54.
Having hope has been described as envisioning a future in which a person would like to
participate (Jevne, 2005). What hopeful futures do rural South African children, who live in
communities with high levels of poverty, and ravaged by HIV and AIDS and crime, envision?
Following a transformative paradigm, with the idea of carving a social justice path, I
The current qualitative research study invited women of color to describe their experiences with stigma. PhotoVoice, a method of documentary photography, was used to convey experiences. Ten women with HIV (N=4 African American, N=6 Hispanic/Latina) recruited from the LAC+USC Medical Center. Participants were trained in photovoice and digital camera use by a professional photojournalis and given 2–5 weeks to critically reflect on stigma and take photographs to bring reflections to life.
The Youth Empowerment Strategies (YES!) project is an afterschool empowerment program and research project for underserved early adolescents. Central to YES! is an empowerment intervention that provides early adolescents with opportunities for civic engagement with other youth around issues of shared concern in their schools and neighborhoods.
The photovoice process aims to use photographic images taken by persons with little money, power, or status to enhance community needs assessments and induce change by informing policy-makers about key deficits in the community. This particular project was implemented in an after-school program that sought to adapt the photovoice method to youth participants, test the effectiveness of the method with youth, and develop and refine a curriculum for replication.
This Photovoice project based in Contra Costa, an economically and ethnically diverse county in San Fransisco (USA), was introduced to enhance community health assessments and program planning by maternal and child health (MCH) staff. Sixty county residents aged 13-50, trained by local health department workers in the techniques and process of photovoice, were encouraged to take photographs reflecting their views on family, maternal, and child health assets and concerns in their community.
Flint Photovoice represents the use of a participatory action research approach to reach policy makers. With the help of a group of policy makers who provided political will and support, the 41 adult members of this project were able to strengthen the voice of youth by documenting community assets and problems. Flint Photovoice enabled youth to express their concerns about neighborhood violence to local policy makers; was instrumental in acquiring funding for area violence prevention; and contributed to the renewal of funding for Genesee County programs.
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This article begins to address ethical issues raised by the use of photovoice: the potential for invasion of privacy and how that may be prevented; issues in recruitment, representation, participation, and advocacy; and specific methodological techniques that should be used to minimize participants' risks and to maximize benefits. The authors describe lessons learned from the large-scale Flint Photovoice involving youth, adults, and policy makers.
In this pilot study, intergenerational contact was established between young homeless women and elderly independently housed women through photovoice. Over six months, five African American women discussed photographs they had taken that focused on their current living arrangements and activities. Although the women spanned three generations, had different life experiences, and resided in a variety of home settings, the sharing of photographs revealed many commonalities.
Photovoice is a participatory action research strategy by which people create and discuss photographs as a means of catalyzing personal and community change. The use of photovoice as an effective tool for carrying out participatory needs assessment, conducting participatory evaluation, and reaching policy makers has been discussed elsewhere. Here the authors examine the claims made for the effectiveness of photovoice as a participatory method. To do so, they describe one large-scale case study and then consider where it succeeded or failed in fulfilling its participatory aims.
In this article, the authors draw on their work with children and young people using photo-voice techniques in order to explore some of the ways in which the creative process can itself be a key feature of engaging children and youth and 'taking action' in the context of HIV and AIDS. This idea, although not new, is often overlooked in research projects; further, interventions with young people that use these techniques is some way of acknowledging and analysing the entertainment factor in cultural production.
Rural women use 'Photovoice', an innovative methodology that puts cameras in the hands of rural women, in order to document their lives and influence policy makers around them. Photovoice seeks to achieve three goals in the lives of rural women: to empower, to increase collective knowledge on women's health and to inform policy makers and society about the greatest health and community issues of rural women. This paper focuses on the latter goal as well as analyzing the contributions and limitations of photovoice technology.