The quest for genuinely participatory and inclusive research approaches: exploring and expressing experience through cultural animation and transcription poetry

Levinson, M.P (2020) 'The quest for genuinely participatory and inclusive research approaches: exploring and expressing experience through cultural animation and transcription poetry.' International Review of Qualitative Research. ISSN 1940-8447

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Abstract

This paper discusses approaches used in an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) research project across a number of sites in the United Kingdom. The Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, Dis/enfranchisement, Dis/parity, and Dissent (D4D) project explores issues around disability and community, investigating diverse topics related to inclusion/exclusion. The D4D project is distinctive in the combination of academic and nonacademic Co-Investigators. One objective is to contribute to the evolution of a research language that is accessible to a wider public. Using arts-based approaches, the research team also seeks to develop research methods and an ethical framework that will be appropriate for co-constructed community research. This paper focuses on different ways of exploring and expressing participant experience. First, it considers the use of cultural animation (CA) as an alternative to the traditional interview, providing participant and researcher reflections. Cultural animation is a participatory arts-based and embodied methodology of community engagement and knowledge coproduction that draws on everyday experience of participants. Transcription poetry (TP) converts interview transcripts into poems. Short interview extracts and poems are selected here to illustrate the approach. D4D team members believe that CA generates authentic and rich data while there is not only fidelity to participant experience through the TP process but a greater resonance in the words than would have been the case in traditional representations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cultural animation, transcription poetry, arts-based methods, disability, marginalization, participatory research, coproduction
Divisions: School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1940844720934372
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 14:40
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 14:42
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