Drawings, Photos, and Performances: Using Visual Methods with Children


  • Ginger A. Johnson,

  • Anne E. Pfister,

  • Cecilia Vindrola-Padros


Children have largely been overlooked as research participants in anthropological work. The anthropology of childhood has played an instrumental role in bringing attention to this fact, and it has highlighted important contributions children's viewpoints can make to our discipline. In this article, we present three case studies that involved children as active participants through the use of visual methodology: Vindrola-Padros's research in Argentina used drawing techniques to document children's experiences of oncology treatment; Johnson's work in Kenya used photovoice with children living in orphanages to understand their coping strategies; and Pfister's study in Mexico City looked at how combining dance and drama encouraged participation among deaf and hearing children.