Using arts-based research to help visualize community intervention in international aid

Ephrat Huss, Roni Kaufman, Amos Avgar, Eytan Shouker

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Abstract

This article discusses the advantages of arts-based research specifically for high-context, culturally diverse, power-infused, and chaotic or diffuse research settings as often found in international aid. It points to the ability of arts to concretize abstract concepts and to situate them within specific socio-cultural locations, enabling powerless groups to self-define and to adjust resilience-enhancing interventions to their own perceptions. The arts-based method as an indirect form of communication is shown to be effective in changing stands of power holders and experts, enabling a dialogue that creates culturally sustainable aid. The model used in this article is demonstrated and discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)673-688
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume58
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Arts-based research
  • arts in social work
  • international aid
  • participatory research
  • policy planning

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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