Body mapping as a feminist visual method. Exploring the field through the body

Jokela-Pansini, Maaret; Wintzer, Jeannine (2021). Body mapping as a feminist visual method. Exploring the field through the body. In: Kogler, Raphaela (ed.) Raum und Bild - Strategien visueller raumbezogener Forschung (pp. 69-82). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer 10.1007/978-3-662-61965-0_6

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Scholars of health ethnography, psychology, education, and geography use body maps—life-sized drawings of bodies—to understand people’s personal experiences with (ill) health, trauma, violence, migration, and other social phenomena. Most of the literature focuses on body mapping as a participatory data collection method with multiple functions in research, community activism and health education. However, there is a lack of evidence on the possibilities of using body mapping to explore the field with research participants. In this article, I present how I used body mapping in an exploratory workshop with residents from Taranto, South Italy, an area with high industrial pollution. I argue that creating and discussing body maps helped the participants to reflect on their everyday challenges and relationships in contexts of polluted environments.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Cultural Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Jokela-Pansini, Maaret

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISBN:

978-3-662-61965-0

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Maaret Jokela-Pansini

Date Deposited:

21 Jun 2021 15:01

Last Modified:

21 Jun 2021 15:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/978-3-662-61965-0_6

Uncontrolled Keywords:

bodymapping, feminist method, health geography, polluted environments, Italy

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/156695

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/156695

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