ABSTRACT

Participatory visual research (PVM) is a child-centred approach that acknowledges that children are meaning-producing beings rather than the objects of adult research. It enables children to communicate their everyday lives in ways that differ from the dominant or deficit discourse and are more congruent with their way of perceiving and relating to the world. Using photovoice and mapping interviews, the research examined the narratives and visual images produced by the children as they talked about their everyday experiences in relation to their bodies and their movement around their neighbourhoods and schools. Content analysis was conducted to identify themes, including experiences related to food, beauty, leisure, music and outdoor activities. Given the limited understanding of alternative meanings of British Chinese children’s bodily (re)presentations, the data in this chapter are discussed in relation to their cultured bodies, moving bodies, healthy bodies and racial bodies. This chapter illustrates how PVM provides diverse ways for researchers to weave children’s lived experiences into the research process and further considers the implications of using this methodology with British Chinese children, including developing an understanding of their embodied experiences that moves beyond a deficit discourse and research that overlooks children’s agency in their experiences.