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Myanmar: through the lens of people


Winterberger, Georg; Oo, Ye Lin (2017). Myanmar: through the lens of people. Journal of Burma Studies, 21(2):395-406.

Abstract

Crucial questions for every researcher using qualitative methods are about access to the field and about asking the right questions in the field. I was lucky to be able to use the Photo-Interviewing method, which allowed me to get insight into my informants’ points of view. In addition, this method enabled me to ask the right questions – or at least the ones that were of great importance to my informants. With this photo-essay, I want to illustrate from a methodological point of view how I got to this method and how it works. I introduce my own experiences with the Photo-Interviewing method first, followed by short presentation of similar methods in use. In the third part, I want to highlight the value of this method by discussing ten photos, which emerged while applying the method.

Abstract

Crucial questions for every researcher using qualitative methods are about access to the field and about asking the right questions in the field. I was lucky to be able to use the Photo-Interviewing method, which allowed me to get insight into my informants’ points of view. In addition, this method enabled me to ask the right questions – or at least the ones that were of great importance to my informants. With this photo-essay, I want to illustrate from a methodological point of view how I got to this method and how it works. I introduce my own experiences with the Photo-Interviewing method first, followed by short presentation of similar methods in use. In the third part, I want to highlight the value of this method by discussing ten photos, which emerged while applying the method.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:10 Jan 2019 16:07
Last Modified:10 Jan 2019 16:07
Publisher:NUS Press Pte Ltd
ISSN:1094-799X
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:https://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/Vol21/Abstracts21-2.shtml
Related URLs:http://www.winterberger.net/georg/publikationen.html (Author)

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