The Art of Science: Creativity as a Social Science Research Method
The separation of art and science into distinct discipline areas produces partial, constrained knowledge (Game 1991). Incorporation of the personal and creative into social research allows engagement with issues of reflexivity, subjectivity, passion and desire and provides opportunity for the production of new knowledges and critiques about the social world (Game & Metcalf 1996; Pink 2001). The idea that art, poetry, literature and other creative acts can facilitate transformation and change (Kristeva 1986), is gaining acceptance in qualitative social science research design, particularly in participatory action research, postmodern and feminist approaches. This presentation traces the process and development of a (critical) social science research project that began with the study of social documentary images of homeless women and developed into the creation of a series of paintings based on the religious icon of the Madonna and Child. References: Game, A. (1991). Undoing the Social: towards a deconstructive Sociology. Milton Keynes, Open University Press.
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Keywords: Creative research methods, Reflexivity, Qualitative social science research, Art as a research method, Visual research methods Interdisciplinarity
Dr. Karen Maree Crinall
Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences