Making Research and Building Knowledge with Communities: Examining Three Participatory Visual and Narrative Projects with Migrants Who Sell Sex in South Africa

Oliveira E., and Vearey J. (2018) Making Research and Building Knowledge with Communities: Examining Three Participatory Visual and Narrative Projects with Migrants Who Sell Sex in South Africa. In: Capous-Desyllas M., Morgaine K. (eds) Creating Social Change Through Creativity. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. [DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52129-9_15]

Abstract:
Sex work is an important livelihood activity for many people in the world yet the bulk of literature on this subject is often the result of research that is under-taken on rather than with individuals who are engaged in the sex industry. In this chapter, we present and discuss three linked research projects conducted in partnership with Sisonke: the national sex worker movement in South Africa. These projects (initiated in 2010) have experimented with different ways of co-producing and sharing knowledge through participatory arts-based and narrative methods. We describe the evolution of these projects, and discuss how the involved research methods developed, including public engagement approaches that offer both opportunities and risks to participants and knowledge production processes.

About Elsa Oliveira

Elsa Oliveira is a researcher and PhD student at the African Centre for Migration and Society.

Since 2010, Elsa has been involved in a range of research projects that makes use of participatory visual and narrative methods. These projects aim to engage in research that explores the lived experiences of multiple migrant groups, with a specific focus on issues of sexuality and migration.

Elsa was one of two ACMS staff that launched the MoVE (methods.visual.explore) project. She is interested in exploring the ways in which research outputs can be disseminated into wider public forums and in the ways in which research can support social justice movements.

As part of maHp, Elsa will assist in coordinating visual research projects and undertaking research exploring visual methodologies for investigating migration and health in southern Africa.

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