32 Critical Soc. Pol'y 3 (2012)

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Inequalities, images and insights for policy
and   research

The Open  University, Milton Keynes

Drawing  upon a growing interest in the impact of visual culture and the
use of visual data within the health and social sciences, the introduction
to this interdisciplinary collection of papers examines what visual meth-
odologies and visual 'evidence' can bring to the study of social inequali-
ties. It sets out the specific contributions by authors in order to identify
their different methodological approaches, theoretical interests and ana-
lytical concerns and to explore the implications and possibilities of their
visual methodologies for those researching and working in the policy arena.
With  a particular emphasis on the dialogues between context, text and
image, the paper  highlights the insights generated by the collection into
the forms and  experiences of inequality that have shaped and continue
to shape societies, communities, families and individual lives. It also sug-
gests how the visual might contribute to extending understanding of the
ways  social inequalities are imagined, constituted and reinforced.

Key  words
context, interpretation, policy, social inequalities, visual methods

The dominance  of visual media in mass communications and the proliferation
of images more generally are now taken-for-granted features of contemporary
society. At the same time the production and dissemination of visual messages

Corresponding author:
Janet Fink, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK.
Email: j.fink@open.ac.uk
Critical Social Policy  The Author(s) 2011 Reprints and permission: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav
DOI: 10.1177/0261018311425196 csp.sagepub.com
32(1) 3-10

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