Current Institutional Affiliation
Senior Lecturer, Psychology, University of the Western Cape

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowship 2013
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Department of Psychology, University of the Western Cape
Using Photovoice to Elicit Young People’s Representations of Peace and Security in their Communities

Community psychology researchers have argued for the importance of creating opportunities for youth to have 'voice', to engage in critical dialogue with adults, and to work alongside adults to address harmful conditions in their communities. The value of community-based participatory research (CBPR) has been demonstrated in the development of prevention and intervention programmes for youth. Research has demonstrated that young people can become active co-researchers on youth-focused issues, and that working collaboratively with adults to identify and address problems in their community is experienced as empowering by youth.Photovoice is a CBPR method, wherein participants whose voices may be marginalised (including children, women, and impoverished communities) represent their experiences of their social world through photographs that they take and select. With guided facilitation, they then engage with researchers and each other in a critical analysis of, and dialogue about, the meanings of the photographs and of the social conditions that they represent. Participants may then identify appropriate actions that can be taken to develop, enhance and empower their communities. The Photovoice method reflects key principles of CBPR, including community empowerment and capacity building, partnership and co-learning between researchers and participants, and balancing research and action. This study aims to use of Photovoice methodology in two low-income communities in Kampala, Uganda and Maputo, Mozambique to elicit youths' representations of peace , safety and security. Twenty youth, evenly distributed by gender and ranging in age from 13 to 15 years, will be conveniently engaged as participants. They will receive some photographic training, be provided with free disposable cameras, requested to take photographs in their neighbourhood according to the study themes, and assisted by the researcher to develop narratives, which will be analysed.