Using Poetry and Photography as Qualitative Data: A Study of a Psychiatric Hospital in China
The uses of photography and poetry in qualitative research are explored in this article. Selected findings of a photographic exploration of the first psychiatric hospital in China and poems written in response to these images are presented. The authors contextualize these findings with a discussion of the use of the arts in qualitative research, the history of poetry and photography as tools of social inquiry, and an exploration of poetic and photographic studies of mental illness. An in-depth discussion of the complex ethical dilemmas that this research presents is also provided.
Journal of Poetry Therapy
Furman, Rich; Szto, Peter; and Langer, Carol, "Using Poetry and Photography as Qualitative Data: A Study of a Psychiatric Hospital in China" (2008). Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications. 229.