Doing Performative Social Science: Creativity in Doing Research and Reaching Communities focuses, as the title suggests, on the actual act of doing research and creating research outputs through a number of creative and arts-led approaches. Performative Social Science (PSS) embraces the use of tools from the arts (e.g., photography, dance, drama, filmmaking, poetry, fiction, etc.) by expanding—even replacing—more traditional methods of research and diffusion of academic efforts. Ideally, it can include forming collaborations with artists themselves and creating a professional research, learning and/or dissemination experience. These efforts then include the wider community that has a meaningful investment in their projects and their outputs and outcomes.
In this insightful volume, Kip Jones brings together a wide range of examples of how contributing authors from diverse disciplines have used the arts-led principles of PSS and its philosophy based in relational aesthetics in real-world projects. The chapters outline the methods and theory bases underlying creative approaches; show the aesthetic and relational constructs of research through these approaches; and show the real and meaningful community engagement that can result from projects such as these.
This book will be of interest to all scholars of qualitative and arts-led research in the social sciences, communication and performance studies, as well as artist-scholars and those engaging in community-based research.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Performative Social Science as Methodology
2. Pen Portraits
Section II: Theatre and engaging across the fourth wall: Audience participation, performance, and drama
3. A Theatre-Based Program for Traumatic Stress in Military Veterans
Alisha N Ali, Stephan Wolfert and Courtney Pensavalle
4. Battling for Wounded Me
5. Improvising music and Improvising Research Methods in a Performative Social Science Research Project
6. Theatre to connect and reassure about the challenges of feeding a loved one who is sick
7. JURY PLAY – jury research in action
8. What to expect when you aren’t expected:
Bringing queer birthing lives from story to stage
Lisa Goldberg and Megan Aston
Section III: Education: Teaching and Embodied Learning
9.Conversations: Changing life perspectives through a microtopia of integrated arts education in a South African Primary School
Gerard M. Samuel and Charlotte Svendler Nielsen
10.How does it feel to walk the slack line? Too tired for considerations
Stine Degerbol with Moa Asklof Prescott
11.Exhibit Interviews. Reflections on presenting qualitative data in exhibitions
12. Don't be afraid to be performative!
Doing Performative Social Science at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan
Section IV: Poetry as identity and community
13."ALUM ROCK IS A BIT LIKE ME"
COMMUNITY, PLACE AND IDENTITY THROUGH POETIC INQUIRY
14.Embracing the Mosaic: Crafting Collaborative Poetics Research for Critical Resilience
Section V: Innovations
15.Earth writing|writing earth:
instructions for the geo-poet wanting to interview a river
sophie anne edwards
Section VI: PSS, Virtual Realities and Self-reflection
16. Symphonies of Performance:
The Potential of PSS with Virtual Reality Technologies
Sonya Grace Turkman
17. "YOU ARE TOO HOT TO BE A RESEARCHER"
DANCING WITH PERFORMATIVE SOCIAL SCIENCE
Section VII. Conclusions
18.Some Conclusions, Intrusions, and Shock Endings
Kip Jones was a visiting scholar in the faculty of media and communication, Bournemouth University. Before his retirement, he was Director of their Centre for Qualitative Research. Reports on Jones’ work: BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV news, as well as in Times Higher Education, LSE Impact Blog, New York Times, International Herald-Tribune and The Independent.
"Kip Jones brings the genre of what he calls Performative Social Science forward with wide-ranging theoretical, academic, and artistic products in various media that takes up how social scientists can use art for investigation and dissemination". "Embodied Methodologies, Participation, and the Art of Research" --Madeline Fox Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
"U.K.'s Kip Jones has pioneered Performative Social Science (PSS) which seeks to spread narrative research to the public through lit, theater and film. Jones' aim is to harness research as a catalyst for social change". --Nisha Gupta PhD The Phenomenological Art Collective.
"Kip Jones is one of the most inspiring sources of social science performance work in the world today." --Ken & Mary Gergen, Playing with Purpose.