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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.

Can Arts Based Research Be Fictive?
Can arts based research be fictive?

Among the trickiest issues confronted in considering the possibilities of arts based forms of social research is the one involving whether they might include works of fiction. In this chapter, we consider that issue.

For many traditionalists, merely thinking about a project of social inquiry as, in any sense, “fictional” disqualifies it from consideration as legitimate research. Indeed Banks and Banks (1998) have noted that in conventional academic discourse, “fiction remains a no-no, a mode of expression … that is simply off-limits” (p. 17). Asking methodological gatekeepers who have only recently begun to warm to creative forms of nonfictional research to also value fictional works may represent “a bridge too far.” Some arts based researchers ...

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