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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.

Why Do Arts Based Research?
Why do arts based research?

In this chapter, we continue our investigation into the character of arts based research by focusing on issues of purpose. Why, one might rightfully ask, should a researcher in the academic and professional fields of the humanities, arts, sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, education, social work, women's studies, ethnic studies, communications, journalism, health and medical humanities studies, and justice studies—to name a few—choose to engage in arts based forms of inquiry?

Let us first quickly rule out a few reasons for doing so that are, from our vantage point, insufficient. One is a belief in the inherent inadequacy of other forms of social research. We do not believe that available forms of quantitative and qualitative social research ...

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