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Arts Based Research is ideal for students, researchers, and practitioners. This unique book provides a framework for broadening the domain of qualitative inquiry in the social sciences by incorporating the arts as a means of better understanding and rethinking important social issues. In the book's 10 thought-provoking chapters, authors Tom Barone and Elliot W. Eisner--pioneers in the field--address key aspects of arts based research, including its purpose and fundamental ideas, controversies that surround the field and the politics and ethics involved, and key criteria for evaluation.

Is There a Place for Theory in Arts Based Research?
Is there a place for theory in arts based research?

One does not normally associate arts based research with deep theoretical conceptions. Is this “neglect” justified? Is arts based research an a-theoretical enterprise? To answer that question, we first need to be clear about the meaning of theory in any enterprise. We think it is useful to draw a distinction between theory as an effort to account for some set of empirical relationships and theory as an effort to give an account of the world as it is. Most of what we have talked about in this book thus far has pertained to descriptive efforts to make vivid what one had not noticed. Can nondiscursive forms ...

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