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Creative Writing for Social Research

A Practical Guide

By Richard Phillips and Helen Kara

Published

20 Jan 2021

Page count

184 pages

ISBN

978-1447355984

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

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Policy Press

Published

20 Jan 2021

Page count

184 pages

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978-1447355977

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

20 Jan 2021

Page count

184 pages

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978-1447356004

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Imprint

Policy Press
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    Creative Writing for Social Research

    This groundbreaking book brings creative writing to social research. Its innovative format includes creatively written contributions by researchers from a range of disciplines, modelling the techniques outlined by the authors. The book is user-friendly and shows readers:

    • How to write creatively as a social researcher;

    • How creative writing can help researchers to work with participants and generate data;

    • How researchers can use creative writing to analyse data and communicate findings.

    Inviting beginners and more experienced researchers to explore new ways of writing, this book introduces readers to creatively written research in a variety of formats including plays and poems, videos and comics. It not only gives social researchers permission, but also shows them how, to write creatively.

    “This book invites readers to navigate the uncharted territory where creative writing and scholarly work intersect. Nothing but inspiring, invigorating, and intriguing possibilities await those who venture in.” Patricia Goodson, Texas A&M University

    “I love this book! There is so much content covered in a way that is entirely accessible and non-prescriptive. The book helps you think about creative writing and offers opportunities to practice it and see how it works for you. It will definitely be on my recommended reading list.” Nicole Brown, UCL Institute of Education

    Richard Phillips is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. He is a specialist in creative and arts-led research methodologies, which he practises in his own work and encourages students to try in the field trips he leads in cities from Liverpool to New York. Richard’s books include Georges Perec’s Geographies (2019), Fieldwork for Human Geography (2012), Sex, Politics and Empire (1996), and Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure (1997).

    Helen Kara has been an independent researcher since 1999 and specialises in research methods and ethics. She is the author of Creative Research Methods: A Practical Guide (Policy Press, 2nd ed. 2020) and Research Ethics in the Real World: Euro-Western and Indigenous Perspectives (Policy Press, 2018). Helen is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

    Chapter One: Introduction

    Definitions

    Synergies: Between Creative Writing and Social Research

    What Follows

    Chapter Two: Doing Creative Writing

    Introduction

    Doing It Yourself: Getting Started

    Putting Yourself in the Picture

    Observation and Description

    Stories and Storying

    Writing about Ideas: Essays and Lists

    Doing It Yourself: Following Through

    Chapter Three: Doing Research, Generating Data, Working with Participants

    Introduction

    Getting Started: Participatory Creative Writing for Social Research

    Workshops and Groups

    Working with Individuals

    Data and findings: Process and Product

    Chapter Four: Exploring and Articulating Findings

    Introduction

    Data Analysis Dissemination

    Finding and Telling Stories: Storying

    Chapter 5: Searching and Queer(ing) Writing

    Searching

    Queer(ing) Writing