Photovoice projects operate within multiple and often contradictory social, political, and cultural contexts. This article describes how Latina madres (mothers) participating in a community health initiative introduced concepts of mujerismo (Latina womanism) to fully incorporate their often marginalized voices into a conversation of minority health inequalities. We argue that a mujerista-led Photovoice challenges dominant assumptions about US Latinas' roles as research collaborators. This model was shown to nurture politicized identities that seek to question issues of power embedded in health promotion initiatives.
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We dedicate this article to the memory of Heather L. Hartley, PhD (1969–2008), former associate professor of Sociology at Portland State University and dearest friend. We also thank Heather for bringing us together to work on this project, and trusting us with the task of challenging methodological rules and transforming research paradigms. We are deeply indebted to the rest of the participants. We thank Margaret Everett, Meg Merrick, Sonia Manhas, the MCCDP program and various others who helped with the project. We are grateful to Marjorie DeVault and Syracuse University Sociology Students for comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript. This project was supported by funding (with the help of Meg Merrick and PSU students) by Portland’s Metro County office and Northwest Health Foundation.
- participatory action research (PAR)