Collaborative Arts-based Research for Social Justice

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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; and 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-65692-4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2015


  • arts-based research
  • social justice
  • collaboration
  • feminist methodology

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