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Exploring the suburban ideal: Residents’ experiences of photo elicitation interviewing (PEI)

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posted on 29.02.2016, 00:00 authored by Elyse WarnerElyse Warner, Louise JohnsonLouise Johnson, Fiona AndrewsFiona Andrews
This article reports on how photo elicitation interviewing (PEI) was experienced by eight participants in a qualitative phenomenological study of suburban lived experiences. Adopting a respondent-controlled approach, participants were required to photograph at least 10 aspects of their suburb that they perceived to be good and problematical and then explain the meaning of their images as part of a follow-up interview. This discussion also involved in-depth reflection on the photography exercise itself, with analysis revealing that taking photographs was perceived to be a purposeful exercise that offered a range of benefits. It gave a new perspective and appreciation for the community, while also helping to ensure their meanings were conveyed to the interviewers. The photography task was not without challenges. While some of these challenges influenced the images captured, the findings of this study highlight the importance for qualitative researchers who use PEI to not only consider the benefits and limitations for the research but also give due consideration to the experiences of the participant photographers.

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Journal

International Journal of Qualitative Methods

Volume

15

Issue

1

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC

ISSN

1609-4069

eISSN

1609-4069

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2016, Sage