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Douglas Harper

Douglas Harper, author of Visual Sociology is one of the founding fathers in the discipline and Routledge is proud to have such a high profile author on our lists.

Douglas Harper has been involved with the visual sociology movement since its beginning. His dissertation and four subsequent visual ethnographies have been published or are in press at the University of Chicago Press. The first of these books, Good Company, sold out a large first printing (nearly 10,000) and was translated and published by university presses in France and Italy, and recently republished in third edition in the U.S.Changing Works: Visions of a Lost Agriculture won two awards from scholarly organizations, and Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop was featured in reviews in Scientific American and The Smithsonian, was the basis of special sessions at the meetings of the Society for the History of Technology and the History of Science.

He has written several chapters and articles defining aspects of visual sociology. Theses include chapters in the three editions of the Handbook of Qualitative Research, generally considered to be the standard in its area. His article on photo elicitation was recently noted as the most downloaded article in Visual Studies. Harper has taught visual sociology in several universities in the States, as well as in at the University of Amsterdam (three years) and the university of Bologna (off and on for over twenty years). He has taught workshops in visual sociology at more than ten IVSA annual meetings, and in universities including the Sorbonne, University of Zurich, Duke University, Harvard University and many others.

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  1. Visual Sociology

    By Douglas Harper

    Visual sociology has been part of the sociological vocabulary since the 1970s, but until now there has not been a comprehensive text that introduces this area. Written by one of the founding fathers in the field, Visual Sociology explores how the world that is seen, photographed, drawn, or...

    Published July 3rd 2012 by Routledge

  2. Visual Research Methods in the Social Sciences

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    By Stephen Spencer

    Visual Research Methods is a guide for students, researchers and teachers in the social sciences who wish to explore and actively use a visual dimension in their research. This book offers an integrated approach to doing visual research, showing the potential for building convincing case studies...

    Published December 15th 2010 by Routledge