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You canít eat art! But can arts-based research challenge neighbourhood stigma?


Warr, D and Taylor, G and Jacobs, K, You can't eat art! But can arts-based research challenge neighbourhood stigma?, Qualitative Research pp. 1-20. ISSN 1468-7941 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1468794120927683


We present research findings from an arts-based research (ABR) project that aimed to redress the symbolic effects of negative recognition associated with place-based stigma. Focusing on two prominently stigmatised neighbourhoods in Melbourne and Hobart (Australia), we explain the rationale for the study and how arts-based tactics were used for phenomenological explorations of familiar environments and to generate alternate, faithful and compelling portrayals of neighbourhoods that stemmed from residentsí actual experiences. Our approach to ABR blended sociological concerns with socially engaged practices that emphasised creative and dialogic tactics, provocations and immersive experiences. We explain how art-based tactics were incorporated into artist residency projects that comprised four parts: local induction; excursions to art galleries; a six-week workshop programme; and exhibition events. Following this, interviews were conducted with artist-residents at the conclusion of the projects. Both the artistic outcomes and participantsí reflections provide evidence that blending socially engaged art practices and participatory methods can help residents and researchers navigate the internalised effects of stigma in processes of meaning-making.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:stigma, arts-based research, social recognition, community-based arts practice, place-based research, reflexivity
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:139485
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-06-17
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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