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Book Description

The Art and Science of Embodied Research Design: Concepts, Methods and Cases offers some of the nascent perspectives that situate embodiment as a necessary element in human research. This edited volume brings together philosophical foundations of embodiment research with application of embodied methods from several disciplines.

The book is divided into two sections. Part I, Concepts in Embodied Research Design suggests ways that embodied epistemology may bring deeper understanding to current research theory, and describes the ways in which embodiment is an integral part of the research process. In Part II, Methods and Cases, chapters propose novel ways to operationalize embodied data in the research process. The section is divided into three sub-sections: Systems of Analysis, Interviews and Observations, and Creative and Mixed Methods. Each chapter proposes a method case; an example of a previously used research method that exemplifies the way in which embodiment is used in a study.

As such, it can be used as scaffold for designing embodied methods that suits the researcher’s needs. It is suited for many fields of study such as psychology, sociology, behavioral science, anthropology, education, and arts-based research. It will be useful for graduate coursework in somatic studies or as a supplemental text for courses in traditional research design.

Table of Contents

Part I: Concepts in Embodied Research

Chapter 1: Embodied Research Design: A Transformational Paradigm in Scientific Discovery

Michael Changaris

Chapter 2: Open and Reflective Research: Methodological Reflections on the Importance of Body Awareness in Qualitative Research

Helena Dahlberg

Chapter 3: The Concept Of "Felt Sense" In Embodied Knowing and Action

Anne Weiser Cornell And Barbara Mcgavin

Chapter 4: Embodied Data: Toward a Vocabulary for Somatic and Movement Experience

Jennifer Frank Tantia

Chapter 5: Ethical Considerations in Embodied Research

Rae Johnson

Part II: Methods and Cases

Somatic Systems of Analysis

Chapter 6: Methods for Measuring Embodiment, An Instrument: The Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA)

Aaron Freedman, MA, And Wolf Mehling, MD

Chapter 7: Empirical Evidence of the Embodiment Awareness Changes in Somatic Focused Gestalt Psychotherapy

Susan Grossman

Chapter 8: Somatic Phenomenology: Maps of Body-Felt Experience

Glenn Hartelius

Movement Systems of Analysis

Chapter 9: The Three Pillars of Movement Observation and Analysis – A Brief Introduction to the LMA, KMP and MPI

Karolina Bryl

Chapter 10: Embodied and Nonverbal Indices of Stress in Intergenerational Transmission

Silvia B. Birklein

Chapter 11: The Skillful Analyst: Investigating, Analyzing, And Reflecting on Movement Behavior Through Embodied Knowledge

Karen Bradley

Embodied Interviews and Observations

Chapter 12: Ethnomethdologically Informed Ethnography: Recognising the Potential and Limitations of The Researcher’s Body as Tool for Exploring Embodied Practice

Tara Woodyer

Chapter 13: Beyond Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Using Body Awareness and Mindfulness Meditation Practices to Research Body Psychotherapy

Gill Westland

Chapter 14: The Body-Focused Interview: Explicating the Implicit in Embodied Research

Jennifer Frank Tantia

Chapter 15: Embodied Writing Research Applications: Giving the Body "Voice" Through the Vehicle of Words

Rosemarie Anderson

Creative and Mixed Methods

Chapter 16: Body Stories: Researching and Performing the Embodied Experience of Oppression

Rae Johnson, Phd, RSW, RSMT, BCC, With Rebecca Morgan, MA, Jessica Pink, MA and Masha Mikulinsky, MA

Chapter 17: The Somatic Impact of War and Flight on the Agent Bodies of Refugee Women in Germany:

A Mixed-Method Approach Including Movement and Body Image Sculptures

Beatrice Schlee And Mone Welsche

Chapter 18: Aesthetic Answering: A Method of Embodied Analysis and Arts-Based Research in Creative Arts Therapies

Gudrun Lange, Nicole Hartmann, Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele, & Sabine C. Koch

Chapter 19: Mixed Methods for Evaluating Embodied Processes in Higher Education

Rosa-Maria Rodríguez-Jiménez & Manuel Carmona

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Biography

Jennifer Frank Tantia is a somatic psychologist and dance/movement therapist in New York City, USA. She has taught embodied research at several universities in the United States, and guest lectures internationally.

Reviews

"With this volume, Jennifer Tantia continues her extended efforts to weave together what began half a century ago as a widespread and often competitive collection of brilliant healers, craftspeople, therapists, and visionaries into a community focusing on shared models of public education, professional trainings, and research-grounded theories. Dr Tantia has played a difficult and crucial role, facing a number of practitioners who often resist what they see as the intrusions of critical thinking into their personal views of their works. She has worked skilfully over a number of years to show that without collaborative and critical research, our works are confined to a small population of people who have the money and leisure to profit from them. Her support of reflective thinking about these works, and her gathering of the thoughtful people in this and other volumes, to these new modes of healing and transformation — opens the doors to the public access now accorded to biomedicine and certain approaches to psychotherapy." — Don Hanlon Johnson, Professor of Somatics, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA

"The concept of embodiment has been sadly underrepresented in research methodologies to date, possibly due to the challenges it might bring to traditional researchers. These chapters serve to explore rationales for addressing embodiment in both quantitative and qualitative research paradigms helping to provide a platform for future researchers to build their proposal. I congratulate the editor Dr. Jennifer Tantia and all the authors, for this much-needed contribution to research methodology" Professor Helen Payne, PhD, UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist and ADMP UK Reg. Dance Movement Psychotherapist

"This volume restores much needed embodied intimacy to ways of knowing that are full of texture and meaning." Les Todres, Emeritus Professor, Bournemouth University, UK

"This latest volume continues to successfully unpack ‘embodiment’ as a conceptual frame for research. The carefully curated chapters powerfully add to a growing literature that places experiencing at the very heart of understanding the body’s own logic without negating other forms of data. This practical and rigorous volume is a must-read for students, somatic practitioners and researchers." Kevin Krycka, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology, Seattle University, USA. Chair, Gendlin Center for Research

"Applications of embodied research are still novel and require discernment, even for those who know something about knowing through and with the body. The book brings together the many conceptualizations of embodiment and presents an array of approaches. The thought provoking collection of cases invites the reader to explore their nuances and learn to communicate nonverbal discoveries."Tomoyo Kawano, Director, Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Antioch University, USA

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