Handbook of Arts-Based Research

Edited by Patricia Leavy

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Bringing together interdisciplinary leaders in methodology and arts-based research (ABR), this comprehensive handbook explores the synergies between artistic and research practices and addresses issues in designing, implementing, evaluating, and publishing ABR studies. Coverage includes the full range of ABR genres, including those based in literature (such as narrative and poetic inquiry); performance (music, dance, playbuilding); visual arts (drawing and painting, collage, installation art, comics); and audiovisual and multimethod approaches. Each genre is described in detail and brought to life with robust research examples. Team approaches, ethics, and public scholarship are discussed, as are innovative ways that ABR is used within creative arts therapies, psychology, education, sociology, health sciences, business, and other disciplines. The companion website includes selected figures from the book in full color, additional online-only figures, and links to online videos of performance pieces.

See also Dr. Leavy's authored book, Method Meets Art, Second Edition, an ideal course text that provides an accessible introduction to ABR.

“Renowned author and editor Leavy has assembled prominent artist-researchers—from educators and therapists to beyond—for this outstanding, innovative handbook. The volume surveys the philosophy and practice of progressive inquiry using literary, performative, and exhibited modalities. Contributors present rich guidance and compelling arguments for the role of ABR alongside more traditional research methods in the exploration of complex social worlds. Like exceptional art, this handbook has magnitude, quality, and significance for researchers and students across multiple disciplines, including the social sciences, education, health care, business, humanities, media, and fine arts.”

—Johnny Saldaña, MFA, School of Film, Dance, and Theatre (Emeritus), Arizona State University


“With this handbook, Leavy not only helps to define the field of ABR, but also encourages readers to imagine new ways of conducting and appreciating research. Beautifully rendered chapters describe the emergent, diverse world of artistic inquiry, and balance the conceptual with the practical. The volume guides researchers and students to bring both creativity and vigor to producing works of scholarly art.”

—Ronald J. Chenail, PhD, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University


“Leavy, a champion of ABR, has gathered leading scholars from around the world in this welcome contribution to our rapidly growing field. She uses ABR as an inclusive term that encompasses the myriad current approaches to creative scholarship. The Handbook offers chapters on various methods and genres, as well as chapters on practical issues that will help both emergent and established researchers explore and expand their craft. Traversing scholarly disciplines and art forms, this volume ushers ABR into its own as a new paradigm for research. It is a gift for anyone with a passion for bringing artistry to research.”

—Diane Conrad, PhD, Department of Secondary Education (Drama/Theatre Education), University of Alberta, Canada


“Famed educator Albert Cullum once said of those who saw the arts as a waste of time that they were 'all formula and no soul.' If only Cullum had had at his disposal this superb, reader-friendly handbook for researchers, students, and others interested in how art in its various forms intersects with knowledge in disciplines such as education, psychology, and neuroscience. This is a work that will be read, reread, and referenced often, and that will help academics of all types understand and explain clearly to others how art can work to combine both 'formula' (that is, research analysis) and 'soul.'”

—David A. Almeida, EdD, Department of Special Education, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts
Table of Contents

I. The Field

1. Introduction to Arts-Based Research, Patricia Leavy

2. Philosophical and Practical Foundations of Artistic Inquiry: Creating Paradigms, Methods, and Presentations Based in Art, Shaun McNiff

3. A/r/tography as Living Inquiry, Rita Irwin, Natalie LeBlanc, Jee Yeon Ryu, & George Belliveau

4. The Performative Movement in Social Science, Kenneth J. Gergen & Mary M. Gergen

5. Creative Arts Therapies and Arts-Based Research, Cathy A. Malchiodi

6. Creativity and Imagination: Research as World Making!, Celiane Camargo-Borges

7. Arts-Based Research Traditions and Orientations in Europe: Perspectives from Finland and Spain, Anniina Suominen, Mira Kallio-Tabin, & Fernando Hernández-Hernández

II. Literary Genres

8. Narrative Inquiry, Mark Freeman

9. The Art of Autoethnography, Tony E. Adams & Stacy Holman Jones

10. Long Story Short: Encounters with Creative Nonfiction as Methodological Provocation, Anita Sinner, Erika Hasebe-Ludt, & Carl Leggo

11. Fiction-Based Research, Patricia Leavy

12. Poetic Inquiry: Poetry as/in/for Social Research, Sandra L. Faulkner

III. Performance Genres

13. A/r/tographic Inquiry in a New Totality: The Rationality of Music and Poetry, Peter Gouzouasis

14. Living, Moving, and Dancing: Embodied Ways of Inquiry, Celeste Snowber

15. Ethnodrama and Ethnotheatre, Joe Salvatore

16. Reflections on the Techniques and Tones of Playbuilding by a Director/Actor/Researcher/Teacher, Joe Norris

IV. Visual Arts

17. Arts-Based Visual Research, Gunilla Holm, Fritjof Sahlström, & Harriet Zilliacus

18. Drawing and Painting Research, Barbara J.Fish

19. Collage as Arts-Based Research, Victoria Scotti & Gioia Chilton

20. Installation Art: The Voyage Never Ends, Jennifer L. Lapum

21. How to Draw Comics the Scholarly Way: Creating Comics-Based Research in the Academy, Paul Kuttner, Nick Sousanis, & Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower

V. Audiovisual Arts

22. Film as Research/Research as Film, Trevor Hearing & Kip Jones

23. Ethnocinema and Video-Based Research, Anne Harris

VI. Mixed Method and Team Approaches

24. Sea Monsters Conquer the Beaches: Community Art as an Educational Resource—a Marine Debris Project, Karin Stoll, Wenche Sørmo, & Mette Gårdvik

25. Multimethod Arts-Based Research, Susan Finley

VII. Arts-Based Research within Disciplines or Area Studies

26. Arts-Based Research in Education, James Haywood Rolling, Jr.

27. An Overview ofArts-Based Researchin Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology, Jessica Smartt Gullion & Lisa Schäfer

28. Deepening the Mystery of Arts-Based Research in the Health Sciences, Jennifer L. Lapum

29. Arts-Based Research in the Natural Sciences, Rebecca Kamen

30. Learning from Aesthetics: Unleashing Untapped Potential in Business, Keiko Krahnke & Donald Gudmundson

VIII. Additional Considerations

31. Criteria for Evaluating Arts-Based Research, Patricia Leavy

32. Translation in Arts-Based Research, Nancy Gerber & Katherine Myers-Coffman

33. Arts-Based Writing: The Performance of Our Lives, Candace Jesse Stout & Vittoria S. Daiello

34. Art, Agency, and Ethics in Research: How the New Materialisms Will Require and Transform Arts-Based Research, Jerry Rosiek

35. Aesthetic-Based Research as Pedagogy: The Interplay of Knowing and Unknowing toward Expanded Seeing, Liora Bresler

36. The Pragmatics of Publishing the Experimental Text, Norman K. Denzin

37. Going Public: The Reach and Impact of Ethnographic Research, Phillip Vannini & Sarah Abbott

Conclusion: On Realizing the Promise of Arts-Based Research, Patricia Leavy


About the Editor

Patricia Leavy, PhD, is an independent sociologist and former Chair of Sociology and Criminology and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of over 20 books, andthe creator and editor of seven book series. Known for her commitment to public scholarship, she is frequently contacted by the U.S. national news media and has regular blogs for The Huffington Post,The Creativity Post,and We Are the Real Deal. Dr. Leavy has received numerous awards for her work in the field of research methods, including the New England Sociologist of the Year Award from the New England Sociological Association, the Special Achievement Award from the American Creativity Association, the Egon Guba Memorial Keynote Lecture Award from the American Educational Research Association Qualitative Special Interest Group, and the Special Career Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. In 2016, Mogul, a global women’s empowerment platform, named her an “Influencer.” Dr. Leavy delivers invited lectures and keynote addresses at universities and conferences. Her website is www.patricialeavy.com.
Contributors

Sarah Abbott, MFA, Department of Film, Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Tony E. Adams, PhD, Department of Communication, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

George Belliveau, PhD, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Liora Bresler, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

Celiane Camargo-Borges, PhD, Breda University of Applied Sciences NHTV, Breda, The Netherlands

Gioia Chilton, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPAT, Sagebrush Treatment Center, McLean, Virginia

Vittoria S. Daiello, PhD, School of Art, DAAP, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Norman K. Denzin, PhD, College of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Sandra L. Faulkner, PhD, Department of Communication, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Susan Finley, PhD, Department of Education and Public Affairs, Washington State University, Pullman and Vancouver, Washington

Barbara J. Fish, PhD, Art Therapy Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Mark Freeman, PhD, Department of Psychology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

Mette Gårdvik, DProf, Faculty of Education and Arts, Nord University, Nesna, Norway

Nancy Gerber, PhD, Creative Arts Therapies Department, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kenneth J. Gergen, PhD, Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Mary Gergen, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies, Penn State Brandywine, Media, Pennsylvania

Peter Gouzouasis, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Donald Gudmundson, PhD, Department of Management, Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

Jessica Smartt Gullion, PhD, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

Anne Harris, PhD, Department of Research and Innovation, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Erika Hasebe-Ludt, PhD, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Trevor Hearing, PhD, Faculties of Media and Communication and Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Fernando Hernández-Hernández, PhD, Section of Arts and Visual Culture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Universty of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Gunilla Holm, PhD, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Rita L. Irwin, EdD, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Kip Jones, PhD, Faculties of Media and Communication and Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Stacy Holman Jones, PhD, Centre for Theatre and Performance, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Mira Kallio-Tavin, DA, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Aalto, Finland

Rebecca Kamen, MFA, Northern Virginia Community College, Springfield, Virginia

Keiko Krahnke, PhD, Department of Management, Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

Paul J. Kuttner, EdD, University Neighborhood Partners, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Jennifer L. Lapum, PhD, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Patricia Leavy, PhD, independent sociologist, Kennebunk, Maine

Natalie LeBlanc, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Carl Leggo, PhD, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC, REAT, Division of Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Louisville, Kentucky

Shaun McNiff, PhD, Division of Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Katherine Myers-Coffman, MS, MT-BC, Creative Arts Therapies Department, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joe Norris, PhD, Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

James Haywood Rolling, Jr., EdD, Department of Art Education, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Jerry Rosiek, PhD, Department of Education Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Jee Yeon Ryu, MA, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Fritjof Sahlström, PhD, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Joe Salvatore, MFA, Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, New York, New York

Lisa Schäfer, MA, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas

Victoria Scotti, PhD, private practice, Valencia, Spain

Anita Sinner, PhD, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Celeste Snowber, PhD, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Wenche Sørmo, Dr Scient, Faculty of Education and Arts, Nord University Bodø, Bodø, Norway

Nick Sousanis, EdD, School of Humanities and Liberal Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Karin Stoll, DProf, Faculty of Education and Arts, Nord University Nesna, Nesna, Norway

Candace Jesse Stout, PhD, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Anniina Suominen, PhD, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Aalto, Finland

Phillip Vannini, PhD, School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower, PhD, College of Education and Human Development, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Harriet Zilliacus, PhD, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Audience

Qualitative researchers interested in using arts-based methods in their work; graduate students and instructors in education, sociology, psychology, creative arts therapies, communications, nursing, social work, and fine arts.
Will serve as a reference or core book in such courses as Arts-Based Research, Interpretive Inquiry, Narrative Inquiry, Art Education, Advanced Qualitative Research, and Creative Arts Therapy.