Making Use of a Biased Eye: Photographic Studies of Neighborhoods
As researchers, our lives, attitudes, and experiences shape the questions we ask, how we ask them, and potentially even our methods of answering those questions. How we approach scholarly work is not just about our studies but how we perceive where we are at the time and where we are ideologically. Our positions can have both positive and negative effects on our research. In this chapter, I discuss my own personal experiences as a young scholar of neighborhood disorder and how I ultimately changed a biased position toward neighborhoods and race into a more open, less-biased research agenda and methods.
KeywordsNeighborhood disorder Race Ethnography Visual methods Implicit bias Chicago
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