Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

A Practical Guide

Helen Kara

Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Helen Kara

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

With a Foreword by Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen
224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447316275 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $111.00 ISBN: 9781447316268 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Creative research methods can help to answer complex contemporary questions that traditional methods alone cannot; they can also be more ethical, helping researchers to address social injustice in new ways. This accessible book is the first to identify and examine the four pillars of creative research methods: arts-based research, research using technology, mixed-method research, and transformative research frameworks. Written in a practical and jargon-free style, it offers numerous examples from around the world of creative methods in practice in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Spanning the gulf between ideas and practice, this useful book will inform and inspire researchers by demonstrating why, when, and how to use creative methods in their research.
Contents

Introducing creative research
Creative research methods in practice
Creative research methods and ethics
Creative thinking
Gathering data
Analysing data
Writing for research
Presentation
Dissemination, implementation and knowledge exchange
Conclusion

Review Quotes
Sarah Lewthwaite, ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton | LSE Review of Books
“A reflexive, dialogic book that demands active reading. As a creative text for students and teachers, the book is designed to enable and support, rather than prescribe. . . . Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences opens a window onto some of the most innovative contemporary social research practices. It will reward active readers, new scholars, researchers and those seeking to gain a sense of this dynamic field.”
Ana Canhoto | anacanhoto.com
“Cover[s] such a wide range of topics that you really need to take your time to think about the various ideas being proposed, and to explore some of the various additional resources suggested by the author. I am now looking forward to experimenting with imagery and storytelling as a way of collecting data.”
Jeffrey Keefer, New York University and Trust for Public Land | Goodreads
"This text acknowledges that the straight-jacket approach to research is something better left to the past as complex research venues, questions, and expectations leave us wanting more."
Qualitative Research
"Kara presents a useful prompt for researchers to infuse creativity into the already creative act of research."
Laura Ellingson, Santa Clara University
Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences is a groundbreaking work that will change how engaged scholars think about and practice research.”
Martin Tolich, University of Otago, New Zealand
“Forever contrasting with traditional research methods, Kara demonstrates with engaging and useful examples that there is a remarkable amount of scope for creativity in unlocking the worlds we research.”
Rosalind Edwards, University of Southampton
“Kara’s accessible book is a treasure trove addressing every aspect of the creative research process—inspiration for students, teachers, and practitioners of methods grappling with how best to investigate complex social worlds.”
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