On content analysis of images of mass protests: a case of data triangulation

On content analysis of images of mass protests: a case of data triangulation The article discusses the methodological issues related to the content analysis of visual records of mass protests. Two categories of visual records are differentiated and compared: media coverage (documentary photography) and images from private collections (street photography). A sample of 382 images taken of the December 24, 2011 demonstration in Moscow, Russia is used for the purposes of the content analysis. The outcomes are compared with results of a survey administered among the protesters ( $$N$$ N =791). It is argued that street photography produces a more valid visual account of the protest. The content analysis of visual records can complement the other methods for studying mass protests (survey research, qualitative in-depth interviews, participant observation, and network analysis of the social networking sites), particularly if no other data is available. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

On content analysis of images of mass protests: a case of data triangulation

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-014-0104-x
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Abstract

The article discusses the methodological issues related to the content analysis of visual records of mass protests. Two categories of visual records are differentiated and compared: media coverage (documentary photography) and images from private collections (street photography). A sample of 382 images taken of the December 24, 2011 demonstration in Moscow, Russia is used for the purposes of the content analysis. The outcomes are compared with results of a survey administered among the protesters ( $$N$$ N =791). It is argued that street photography produces a more valid visual account of the protest. The content analysis of visual records can complement the other methods for studying mass protests (survey research, qualitative in-depth interviews, participant observation, and network analysis of the social networking sites), particularly if no other data is available.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 25, 2014

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