. Seeking to understand why social work education has largely ignored art as a tool of research that motivates his chapter. The art form of photography, in particular, is highlighted as a reliable and valid tool of social work research. Its advantages and disadvantages are examined based on the premise that seeing is critical to what one is trying to ameliorate. A case study based on in vivo field research in China is discussed to demonstrate the value of photographic inquiry. Specifically, China’s floating population – the mass internal migration of Chinese labourers
Witnessing violence through photography
Tampere Peace Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
In this article, I think about photojournalists and citizen photogra-
phers as, respectively, political and moral witnesses to violence,
the one testifying to what it is like, the other showing what it feels
like to live in extraordinary circumstances. This distinction is
Avishai Margalit’s, developed in his work on bearing witness to
twentieth-century totalitarianism. To explore the
hands of service-learners and volunteers could make a critical difference. ArtsCorps was envisioned as a tool to help revitalise the city through the arts using four interrelated components: service-learning, research, volunteerism, and public forums (i.e. opportunities for sharing projects, dialoguing about needs, and next steps through presentations and town hall style meetings).
Photography is used by ArtsCorps to (1) document community events and research activities; (2) disseminate research findings through exhibits and conference presentations; and (3) help
Witnessing violence through photography: a reply
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
This is a reply to:
Möller, Frank. 2017. “Witnessing violence through photography.” Global Discourse. 7 (2–3):
The article by Möller (2017) offers a really interesting set of provocations about the role
of photojournalism in an era of social media and, more generally, about how profes-
sional journalists and citizen journalists
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