1st Edition

Imagination and Arts-Based Practices for Integration in Research

By Nancy Gerber Copyright 2022
    90 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Imagination and Arts-Based Practices for Integration in Research explores the philosophical assumptions, defining concepts, and methodological issues related to the introduction of intentional imaginative mental processes and arts-based practices into some or all phases of investigation, and data integration of particular research approaches.

    Although typically central to mixed, multi-method, and arts-based research, the practice of integrating diverse forms of data might be applied to other research traditions. The integration of data diversity represents a deviation from traditional scientific thinking demanding a dramatic paradigm shift inclusive of multi-dimensional, nondiscursive, aesthetic, rhizomatic, and imaginative mental processes. In this book, imaginative mental processes and arts-based practices are described and illustrated as approaches to investigating, revealing, and understanding the elusive yet essential meanings hidden in the crevices, shadows, and liminal spaces in between diverse data sets leading to integration, illumination, and synthesis.

    The book will appeal to arts-based, mixed methods, and adventurous researchers. It walks the reader through the revisionist philosophical assumptions and offers aligned methodological suggestions to the induction of imaginative mental processes and arts-based practices into research.

    1. Introduction  2. Imagination: Changing Worldview and Social Discourse  3. Dialectical Aesthetic Intersubjectivity: A Philosophical Perspective  4. Imagination in Research: Reconceptualizing Method, Data, and Evidence  5. Imaginative Processes and Arts-based practices in Research  6. Imagination and Integration in Mixed and Multi-Method Research  7. Integration Using Imagination Processes and Arts-Based Practices  8. Conclusion


    Nancy Gerber is an art psychotherapist, educator, and scholar. Through her years of clinical practice, teaching, and research, she has developed an interest in creating ways to capture and study the complexities and dimensions of the human condition through research methods that include and synthesize imaginative processes and arts-based practices.