• First Language: Turkish

  • Subjects:  Women’s Studies

  • Journal Section: Research Article

  • Authors: Selda TUNCER  
    Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü

  • Dates: 1 January 2017

The aim of this study is to bring into discussion the opportunities provided by the use photographs in different ways in social sciences researches in the context of family photographs. Although photographs as socio-cultural products present a rich area of investigation for social sciences, it has not got enough attention in academic studies in Turkey. This article, assuming that photographs play an active role in different processes of scientific knowledge production beyond their use as merely technic or instrument, examines a multi-layered encounter relationship between researcher and visual images and the potentialities of such encounters. In this context, based on the selected photographs, it analyses and discusses from a feminist perspective what kinds of narratives on the family are produced by family photographs, as the most common images of everyday visual cultural production; and accordingly, in what ways the meanings ascribed to modern family ideology and family life, especially in terms of gender and womanhood, are produced and/or distorted through these images.

Family photographs, visual image, family ideology, gender, research experience

Selda TUNCER  
Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi Sosyoloji Bölümü