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Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Publication details for Professor Maggie O'Neill

Haaken, J. & O'Neill, M. (2014). Moving images: Psychoanalytically-informed visual methods in documenting the lives of women migrants and asylum-seekers. Journal of Health Psychology 19(1): 79-89.

Author(s) from Durham


While feminist arts-based projects have gained legitimacy, theory guiding the use of visual images in field research has lagged. Drawing on psychoanalytic-feminist theory and participatory action research methods, the article presents a study carried out with women refugee and asylum seekers that focuses on their experiences in seeking a place of safety in the United Kingdom. The aim was to produce through photography and videography a collective account of asylum as a daily process. In discussing the study, the authors provide a psychoanalytic framework for working through ethical, political, and methodological dilemmas in the use of visual imagery in feminist research.