Collaborative Arts-based Research for Social Justice by Victoria Foster

By Victoria Foster

This e-book presents a thought-provoking advisor 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 numerous tools from crafts to electronic film
Visual and metaphorical methods to social study together with images, paintings and poetry
Performative equipment that come with drama, dance, track and function art
Foster introduces suitable methodological debates, giving a context for figuring out while arts-based study could be a fruitful method of take and outlining a resounding reason for utilizing the humanities as a manner of realizing and representing the social international. The ebook additionally indicates a number substitute standards for comparing the standard of arts-based learn. Illustrative examples from all over the world are used in the course of the ebook and a longer case research is integrated that makes a speciality of Foster’s personal collaborative arts-based research.

With their emphasis at the price of participative study 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 a person trying to introduce arts-based tools into their study perform.

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Thus structural inequality and power relations are hidden. An examination of political relations is, therefore, a necessary part of the research process (Whitmore 1994, p. 98). Without such, research, if not a replication of society, is then a moralistic Intellectual acrobatics 17 statement of what ‘should be’ (Witkin 2000, p. 207). Descriptions of society are reflections of our culture, our values, beliefs and relationships, and if we neglect the wider societal contexts in the process of knowledge production then takenfor-granted assumptions are not challenged.

Para. 11). The project uses stories to ‘revise people’s sense of self, and … situate people in groups’ (Frank 2012, p. 33). Storytelling is by its nature a collaborative enterprise. There is a sense of companionship in storytelling (Benjamin 1969/2006, p. 372) because of the necessary involvement of an audience. It is the relationship between the teller or re-teller and audience that shapes the stories told. Ken Plummer (1995, pp. 20–21) refers to the ‘joint actions’ of the storyteller and the ‘coaxer’ in constructing stories.

1). McRobbie is discussing the UK New Labour government’s neoliberalisation of the cultural economy. ‘Everyone is creative’, a 2001 green paper suggested, but such focus on creativity is not about realising authentic human potential, greater social happiness or imagining utopian alternatives (Bishop 2012, p. 15). It is about good business, increasing employability, reducing crime (Bishop 2012, p. 13). What is particularly interesting is the fact that the rhetoric surrounding this government focus on the arts is indistinguishable from that of practitioners of socially engaged art (Bishop 2012, p.

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