At the origins of visual sociology: Jacob Riis, photographic journalism, images in social research

Author/s Giuseppina Cersosimo
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/118 Language Italian
Pages 24 P. 5-28 File size 252 KB
DOI 10.3280/SR2019-118001
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The photographs Jacob Riis took during his investigation on the dramatic conditions of immigrants in New York, have a specific role in the construction of social analysis outside the university, and anticipate, as a method, the analyti-cal approach later developed by visual sociology. The cognitive process thus broadens the tools at its disposal and acquiring new analytical approaches. It is historically coherent with the new characteristics of social transformation and with the presence of new technological products in the society. The develop-ment of visual sociology, consistent with these premises, over time highlights the renewal within the sociological tradition not only of its theoretical focus, but also of its methodological one.

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Giuseppina Cersosimo, Alle origini della sociologia visuale: Jacob Riis, il giornalismo fotografico, le immagini nella ricerca sociale in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 118/2019, pp 5-28, DOI: 10.3280/SR2019-118001