This book explores the rationale, methodologies, and results of arts-based approaches in social work research today.
It is the first dedicated analysis of its kind, providing practical examples of when to choose arts-based research, how the arts are used by social work researchers and integrated with additional methods, and ways to evaluate its efficacy. The multiple examples of arts-based research in social work in this book reveal how arts methods are inherently connected to the resilience and creativity of research participants, social workers, and social work researchers.
With international contributions from experts in their fields, this is a welcome overview of the arts in social work for anyone connected to the field.
“This enjoyable read offers multiple perspectives on arts-based social work research and makes a strong case for its validity, balanced with critique and caution.” Shelley Cohen Konrad, University of New England
Ephrat Huss is an art therapist and Senior Professor of Social Work at Ben Gurion University.
Eltje Bos is Professor of Cultural and Social Dynamics at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Introduction ~ Ephrat Huss and Eltje Bos;
Section 1: Arts-Based Research as a Method to Understand and Give Voice to Marginalized Groups
Using Arts-Based Methods to Explore Existential Issues around Ageing ~ Paola de Bruijn & Erik Jansen
Art- And Music-Based Activities and Nondeliberative Participatory Research Methods: Building Connection and Community ~ Brian L. Kelly
Arts-Based Methods to Co-create Knowledge and Reconstruct Power Relations with Marginalized Women in and through Research ~ Sofie Vindevogel
Auto-Ethnographic Playwriting and Performance for Self-Healing and Advocacy ~ Rogério Meireles Pinto
Using Photography to Research the “Other” the Validity of Photography for Social Work Research: A Visual Case Study from China ~ Peter Szto
Mixed Arts-Based Methods as a Platform for Expressing Lived Experience ~ Orna Shemer and Eitan Shahar
Art-Based Methods to Support and Reveal New Mothers’ and Families’ Experiences: A Positive Parenting and Feminist Approach ~ Lucía Hervás Hermida
Section 2: Using Arts-Based Research to Listen to, and Give Voice to, Children in Social Work
“I Don’t Like the Cameras in the House. They’re Looking at Us All the Time”: The Contribution of Photovoice to Children in a Post-hospitalization Program ~ Arielle Friedman & Hila Zaguri
Art-Based Research Work with Migrant Children ~ Genevieve Guetemme
Using Creative Art Research Approaches to Assess Arts Based Interventions with Children in Post Disaster Contexts ~ Julie Drolet, Nasreen Lalani, and Caroline McDonald-Harker
Section 3: Arts-Based Research as a Way for Researchers and Community Members to Understand Communities
Murals and Photography in Community Engagement and Assessment ~ Holly Feen-Calligan, Elizabeth Barton, Julie Moreno, Emma Buzzard, & Marion Jackson
Forum Theatre as Participatory Action Research with Community Workers ~ Mike de Kreek, Eltje Bos, & Margareta von Salisch
A/R/Tography, Rhizomatic Storytelling, and Ripple Effects Mapping: A Combined Arts-Based and Community Mapping Methodology to Evaluate the Impact of COVID-19 Expressive Arts Support Groups for Frontliners in the Philippines ~ Maria Regina A. Alfonso , Adrienne M. Santos Lagmay, M.A., Joey A. Atayde, Kathleen Bautista, & M. Imelda Lukban
Art and Artefact: Displaying Social Work through Objects ~ Mark Doel
Building Research Capacity: Scaffolding the Process through Arts-Based Pedagogy ~ Ronald P.M.H. Lay
Art as a way of improving Participatory Action Research: an experience with youngsters with an intellectual disability and their families ~ Linda Ducca
Epilogue ~ Ephrat Huss and Eltje Bos