arts-based research


Literary Sociology: An Interview with Dr. Patricia Leavy about ‘Spark’

Interview by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek Acclaimed sociologist Dr. Patricia Leavy has published over twenty-five books, earning critical and commercial success in both fiction and nonfiction, and her books have been translated into numerous languages. She’s a leading research methodologist best known for her advocacy of arts-based research. She pioneered the method of “social fiction” which refers […]

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Life Chances: Co-written Re-imagined Welfare Utopias through a Fictional Novel

Debbie Watson, Simon Poulter, Sophie Mellor and Marilyn Howard In the fourth part of our special section on Sociology and Fiction, Debbie Watson, Simon Poulter, Sophie Mellor and Marilyn Howard reflect on their ‘Life Chances’ project: the co-development of a fictional novel with community participants. ‘Life Chances’, a phrase first used by sociologist Max Weber, has been appropriated by recent British […]

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