Using photography is a popular method in social science research. This essay uses photographs to demonstrate the urban differences between residential areas in Edinburgh as well as illustrating the segregation of religion in society. Photography is an active research method where in images are used to visually represent areas being discussed in the text (Rose, 2007). There are considerable benefits to using photographs as a research method, in particular the value the hold over text. Photographs convey a true representation of what is bei...
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...f difference’, this was exemplified through ghettos in Chicago as well as the ‘white flight movement’ in deindustrialised cities. A third photograph was thereafter used to discuss the concept of radicalisation and exclusion within in the city. This depicted a Muslim mosque and a close by muslim supermarket, therefore portraying the concentration of certain religious groups in a certain area. Lastly, the sexuality of Edinburgh was discussed, regarding the explanation for dedicated homosexual areas and how the social pressures of heteronormavity have perhaps caused this. The photographs used allow a realistic perspective on the concepts discussed and provide a visual for the reader in aid to the text. This, in turn, has allowed the exploration of the urban theme to become more realistic and allowed the conclusion to be drawn, that Edinburgh is a city of difference.
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