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Conceptualizing the 'Visual Essay' as a Way of Generating and Imparting Sociological Insight: Issues, Formats and Realisations



This article discusses and exemplifies more visual and expressive way of constructing and presenting sociological insight. It seeks to articulate the specific demands, traits and potentials of the 'visual essay' as a societal and sociological practice and format. More in particular it provides some observations, propositions and arguments that may further help to clarify what the visual sociological essay as a unorthodox scholarly product might entail and what place it should acquire in the broader scholarly discourse. This theoretical discussion is complemented with excerpts of concrete visual essays of both scholarly and non-scholarly origin. These examples help to explain some of the basic strengths of this format that tries to play out the synergy of the distinct forms of expression that are combined: images, words, layout and design, adding up to a scientifically informed statement.

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  • Luc Pauwels, 2012. "Conceptualizing the 'Visual Essay' as a Way of Generating and Imparting Sociological Insight: Issues, Formats and Realisations," Sociological Research Online, Sociological Research Online, vol. 17(1), pages 1-1.
  • Handle: RePEc:sro:srosro:2011-167-2

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    1. Erica L. Groshen & Linda S. Goldberg & James A. Kahn & Hamid Mehran & Donald P. Morgan & Carol L. Osler, 2002. "Introduction," Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, issue Nov, pages 1-4.
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