Photovoice as a tool for social justice workers

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This article considers the use of Photovoice as a tool for social justice workers. Photovoice is a technique that affords diverse populations of oppressed individuals the opportunity to take social action by raising awareness in the community and with policy-makers through use of a photographic process. The theoretical underpinnings, goals, and uses of Photovoice are reviewed in relation to social work contexts and values. In addition, the inclusion of empowerment theory and group work literature is explored as a natural expansion of the current theoretical underpinnings. Photovoice is a prime example of participatory research, assessment, and social action. The relevance of Photovoice to social work theory and practice is considered and possibilities for use as an integrated practice tool are explained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-55
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Progressive Human Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Empowerment theory
  • Group work
  • Participatory assessment
  • Photovoice
  • Social justice work


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