Visual Mapping of Identity: Negotiating Ethnic Identity

MOORLOCK, Emily (2020). Visual Mapping of Identity: Negotiating Ethnic Identity. European Journal of Marketing.

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    Purpose — the paper offers a novel participatory visual research method, the Mapping Of Identity (MOI) protocol that embraces the complex nature of contemporary consumers’ lived reality. Design/methodology/approach — the MOI protocol is a two phase methodology. The first phase includes collage creation, based on a taxonomy of attachments, followed by an elicitation interview structured around the participant’s collage. In phase two, the categories elicited in phase one are synthesised into key themes in collaboration between the researcher and the participant. Findings — MOI methodology provides an effective platform for participants to bring together disjointed memories, fragments and thoughts. Two individual cases are presented that seem similar on the surface; however, when deconstructing these narratives, their lived experiences and the effect that these narratives have on the construction of the self are very different. Treating participants as co-researchers and letting the choices they make in their collage creation lead the interview empowers the participant and enables the researcher to better understand their complex identity articulations. Originality/Value —marketing literature recognises the complex nature of contemporary lived reality; however, some of the intricate aspects of this reality have not been dealt with in all their complexity. A reason for this gap is the paucity of suitable research methods. The MOI protocol presented in this paper addresses this, providing an effective visual tool to explore the complex web of contemporary consumer life. Keywords: Visual Narratives; Collage Elicitation; Mind Mapping; Participatory Research

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; Marketing
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    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2020 14:17
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 15:08

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