This book provides a thought-provoking guide to conducting collaborative arts-based research. Focusing on ways that social inquiry might be conducted with marginalised groups to promote social justice, the text offers chapters on:
Telling 'alternative' stories through a variety of methods from crafts to digital film
Visual and metaphorical approaches to social research including photography, art and poetry
Performative methods that include drama, dance, music and performance art
Foster introduces relevant methodological debates, giving a context for understanding when arts-based research can be a fruitful approach to take and outlining a convincing rationale for using the arts as a way of understanding and representing the social world. The book also suggests a range of alternative criteria for evaluating the quality of arts-based research. Illustrative examples from around the world are used throughout the book and an extended case study is included that focuses on Foster's own collaborative arts-based research.
With their emphasis on the value of participative research and social justice, arts-based methodologies are becoming increasingly popular in health and social research. This is the ideal text for anyone looking to introduce arts-based methods into their research practice.
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Victoria Foster is Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University, UK.
1. Introduction: Peeling Wallpaper 2. Intellectual Acrobatics 3. Storytelling 4. Image and Metaphor 5. Performance 6. Case Study: 'They're Not Like Us Real Mums- Are They?' 7. Evaluating Arts-based Research 8. The Last Laugh
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