Collaborative Arts-based Research for Social Justice by Victoria Foster

By Victoria Foster

This ebook offers a thought-provoking consultant to accomplishing collaborative arts-based examine. concentrating on ways in which social inquiry will be carried out with marginalised teams to advertise social justice, the textual content bargains chapters on:

Telling ‘alternative’ tales via quite a few tools from crafts to electronic film
Visual and metaphorical techniques to social study together with images, paintings and poetry
Performative equipment that come with drama, dance, track and function art
Foster introduces correct methodological debates, giving a context for realizing whilst arts-based examine could be a fruitful method of take and outlining a resounding purpose for utilizing the humanities as a fashion of figuring out and representing the social international. The e-book additionally indicates a variety of replacement standards for comparing the standard of arts-based learn. Illustrative examples from world wide are used during the ebook and a longer case research is incorporated that makes a speciality of Foster’s personal collaborative arts-based research.

With their emphasis at the worth of participative examine and social justice, arts-based methodologies have gotten more and more renowned in health and wellbeing and social examine. this can be the best textual content for someone trying to introduce arts-based tools into their study perform.

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9) reflects on the questions that are possible to ask within the ‘juncture’ or ‘seam’ that is created when arts-based inquiry is accepted as research and placed alongside more conventional research ‘that relies on linear narratives most often devoid of visual imagery’. These include: What does it mean for something to be research? What are the goals of research? How does the form that research takes impact on what it can achieve? For Maggie O’Neill (2008), it is within this space that transformation is possible.

304), drawing on Freire’s work, discusses the counter-project of the transformative vision. Transformations may happen on a local level, not because one party assumes the power to transform the other, but where ‘a climate of dialogue and reciprocity enables people to realise their capacity to discover their own transformative possibilities’. Postmodernist thinking is useful to a collaborative arts-based enterprise, particularly in terms of its rejection of universal truths, and the attention it pays to representations of the social world.

18). There is certainly a tendency, as Chantal Mouffe (2002, cited in Carr 2007, p. 270) stresses, for a democratic society to want to create ‘a rational consensus’. This might involve, metaphorically speaking, ‘a tidying up of people’s lives’ as they ‘conform to the boundaries and limitations of the methodological tools’ (Kothari 2001, p. 147). This would evidently be ‘exclusionary, oppressive and artificial’ (Carr 2007, p. 270). Masks Various approaches to social research, and feminist approaches in particular, have placed due emphasis on reflexivity in order to make transparent the intentions of the research and to understand how the researcher’s subjectivity is inextricably tangled with the lives of research participants (Doucet and Mauthner 2006, p.

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