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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Researching Home's Tangible and Intangible Materialities by Photo-Elicitation
Author(s): Soaita, Adriana Mihaela
McKee, Kim
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Keywords: Home making
private renting sector
housing quality
United Kingdom
material culture
Issue Date: 10-Mar-2020
Citation: Soaita AM & McKee K (2020) Researching Home's Tangible and Intangible Materialities by Photo-Elicitation. Housing, Theory and Society.
Abstract: Drawing on participant-generated photo-elicitation in telephone interviews conducted with private tenants in Britain, we contribute to a new strand of home literature that engages with the vibrant materiality of things. In particular, the paper reflects on how our innovative methodological approach empowered participants to introduce their own points of view through ‘thick’ descriptions, revealed previously undocumented home practices and enabled researchers’ reflexivity and the co-production of knowledge with participants located miles away. The method powerfully captures home’s tangible and intangible materialities and their importance to wellbeing in ways that words-alone interviews cannot. We conclude by introducing the metaphor of ‘the fold’ and the allegory of ‘the invisible tether’ to reflect on the methodological benefits and substantive findings enabled by our approach. We argue that housing studies can benefit from engaging photo-elicitation in questions spanning from the abstract to the concrete, and from the inside to the outside of the home.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14036096.2020.1738543
Rights: © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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