This book provides a source of innovative theories and data for researchers grappling with social justice methodology and research methods in an environment constrained by funding agendas.
This book foregrounds and promotes creativity and imagination within a critical frame of reference to challenge the status quo. It invites people into creative spaces for thinking about and researching ‘the social’. With/in these spaces both the processes of social justice research (methodology) and the presentation of the research (re-presentation) are seen as being intertwined.
This book explores methodologies which include, but are not limited to: writing as inquiry; performance ethnography; emotional geographies; arts-based inquiry; autoethnography; evocative inquiry; reader’s theatre. This may include poetry, monologues, art, music, dance, and other creative mediums. Many of these methods are not new per se. What is new is the blurring of traditional research boundaries, for example between the social sciences and the arts, and the initial movement of these methods from the margins to the mainstream in the search for more successful ways to effect social justice outcomes.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.
Table of Contents
1. Preface: New methods in social justice research for the 21st century Gabrielle Gwyther and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
1. Methodologies a la carte: An examination of emerging qualitative methodologies in social research Gabrielle Gwyther and Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
2. Research and Indigenous participation: Critical reflexive methods Ruth Nicholls (SJSC, UWS)
3. Drawing the experience of chronic vaginal thrush and complementary and alternative medicine M. Morgana, F. McInerneyb, J. Rumbolda and P. Liamputtonga (aSchool of Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia; bSchool of Nursing & Midwifery, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia)
4. Disrupting edges - opening spaces: Pursuing democracy and human flourishing through creative methodologies Debbie Horsfall (School of Social Sciences, University of Western Sydney) and Angie Titchen (Fontys University of Applied Science)
5. Having their say: Email interviews for research data collection with people who have verbal communication impairment Nicole Ison (University of Western Sydney)
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy is a Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Her current research interests involve the relationship between ‘risk society’ and reproductive issues such as prenatal screening and testing.
Gabrielle Gwyther is an urban sociologist and post doctoral fellow at the Social Justice and Social Change Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.