A Video Testimony on Rural Poverty and Social Exclusion

Eldin Fahmy, Simon Pemberton

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In this paper, we seek to illustrate the potential theoretical and methodological contributions that video research methods can make in advancing social-scientific understanding and informing public debates on social problems. We do so by presenting findings on the experience and impacts of poverty and exclusion based upon the video 'testimony' with 33 people experiencing low income in one relatively remote rural area, the County of Herefordshire. Based on these data and subsequent follow-up qualitative work, this study highlights the personal impacts of disadvantage associated with a denial of rights, assault on dignity, and processes of stigmatisation and disempowerment. In doing so it demonstrates the potential of video data both as an emerging social research practice in its own right and as a vehicle for giving voice to marginalised groups within wider public debates and policy development.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10.5153/sro.2611
JournalSociological Research Online
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2012


  • Video Research
  • Visual Methods
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Rural poverty


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