A Guide to Imagework: Imagination-Based Research Methods / Edition 1

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Guide to Imagework is the first book to introduce a pioneering new methodology for social sciences research: the use of imaginative, experiential 'imagework' practices such as visualisation, dreamwork and gestalt. Originating in group counselling and psychological therapy, imagework techniques explore participants' imaginative resources to reveal implicit and explicit knowledge about identity, belief, culture and society. They are ideal for exploring emotional states and for accessing rich qualitative data about how individuals and cultures function. Iain R. Edgar, a leading expert on ethnographic method, has condensed top-level research theory on imagework into this manual which demonstrates how imagework can be used in a variety of research contexts. Complete with case studies and exercises, guidance on ethics and methods, and discussion of imagework's potential within qualitative research disciplines, it is an ideal starting point for any imagework project.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415235372
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: ASA Research Methods Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Defining the imagework method 6
2 'Imaginary fields' and the qualitative research domain 12
3 Dreaming as ethnographic research 42
4 Methodological issues in dreamwork and imagework groups : a case-study approach 60
5 Amplifying the data through groupwork methods or making 'sense' out of 'nonsense' 81
6 Charting ethnographic dreaming 119
7 Ethical and practice issues 132
8 Conclusion 138
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