Using Visual Methods to Describe Migrant Family Change
The authors introduce the research design aimed at the analysing the study participant’s ‘voices‘. The qualitative research corresponds to four selected criteria: ‘participatory’ research (e.g., M. Fielding; S. Bragg); ‘image-based' research corresponding to the tradition of visual sociology (e.g., J. Prosser; G. Rose); maps are used as the means to facilitate the study participants’ narratives (e.g., I. Levin; L. Spencer and R. Pahl); two visual methods (‘Role-making’ map method and ‘Concentric circle’ map method) are combined with the goal of developing more comprehensive knowledge about family changes. ‘Role-making’ map method is a four step research scheme designed as modification of ‘My family’ mapping method, introduced by I. Levin. ‘Concentric circle’ map method is used as it is suggested by L. Spencer and R. Pahl.
The cases of selected migrant families are examined to disclose the way family members were interviewed and the research data was processed. The authors present the analysis of the lists of family changes and maps for overcoming hardships caused by changes, obtained with the help of the ‘Role-making’ map method. Further, the authors examine the repertoires of emotional support by analysing the maps of significant persons constructed with the ‘Concentric circle’ map method. The authors conclude with the advantages and limitations of using visual methods to study family changes.