Vital illusions, images, and education

Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Jasmine Ulmer

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In normative qualitative research discourses, images represent and validate. Yet even many critical uses of images are not critical of the images themselves; rather, criticism is directed toward the reality that the images purportedly represent. In this chapter, we put forward examples of critical scholarship that may caution other researchers to attend more closely to the ways in which they use images. We focus on the blurred boundary between the ‘real’ and the imaginary within research. We also remain interested in possibilities associated with the proposed departure from epistemological and methodological foundationalism in relation to images, especially when images are used as correspondences, signifiers, or witnesses of the ‘real.'.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Qualitative Inquiry
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations and Futures
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781315431161
ISBN (Print)9781629580111
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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