Framing transition in China's High-Tech Zones: Advances in Visual Grounded Theory

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Valentina Anzoise
Luca Ghirotto


The article illustrates an ongoing research on the perception of the transition landscapes of two high-tech zones in China. Through this research, the authors attempt to broaden the scope of Grounded Theory (GT) to embrace urban and environmental phenomena by employing GT to explore the processes related to these phenomena by using visual data. The value of the research exceeds the ethnographic relevance of the case studies to interrogate what could be called “transitions’ framing strategies,” in which seeing and the visual – considered in an ecological perspective – couple with attitudes and the senses, thus generating and mediating different kinds of knowledge(s). In particular, the paper compares Visual and non-visual GT and discusses the practical differences among them.

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Anzoise, V., & Ghirotto, L. (2018). Framing transition in China’s High-Tech Zones: Advances in Visual Grounded Theory. Visual Methodologies, 5(2), 76 - 92. Retrieved from
Special Issue: Environmental (In)visibilities (Guest Editor: Valentina Anzoise)
Author Biographies

Valentina Anzoise, European Centre for Living Technology, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Research Associate, European Centre for Living Technology (Venice, Italy)

Luca Ghirotto, Department of Life Quality Studies, University of Bologna (Italy)

Contract professor


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