By Iain Edgar
A advisor to Imagework is a pioneering advisor to a brand new development in ethnographic learn: using resourceful, experiential tools resembling dreamwork, art, Gestalt thought and psychodrama. Originating in crew counselling and psychiatric remedy, imagework suggestions discover matters' resourceful assets to bare subconscious wisdom approximately id, trust and society. they're excellent for having access to wealthy qualitative info approximately how contributors and cultures functionality. Iain Edgar, a number one expert on ethnographic process, has condensed top-level learn conception on imagework into this useful functional handbook. whole with case reviews and examples, hands-on guidance and information on equipment and ethics, it really is an awesome start line for any imagework undertaking.
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4), the useless (no. 5), and no. 7 in which the account focuses on feeling tone rather than question-outcome. Such results provide opportunities for the educator to make valuable and interesting connections between student experience and taught thematic content. To turn such exercises into valuable research opportunities the key is to clearly formulate the question that one wants to explore. In the case of meeting a wise person, some respondents will have experiences and perceptions that surprise them and that they may find they can relate to either during the session or afterwards, thereby making the researcher consider follow-up interviews as a strategy.
So, for instance, in the postgraduate Master’s programme evaluation presented above, students 22 ‘Imaginary fields’ and the qualitative research domain speaking of their imagework articulated through this process their feelings about the nature, content and structure of the course, and their individual and group progress on it; further, they accessed their original hopes and fears for ‘the course’ and how their imagery reflected their intuited and existential predicament concerning ‘the course’ in their life in the ‘here and now’.
As this was a training exercise for anthropologists in the methodology, this follow-up work didn’t take place. The following third example is helpful for a different reason as it shows the reaction of an anthropologist who, unusually in my experience with this or indeed any other exercise outlined in this book, encountered emotional issues that were somewhat painful. Also it shows how they resolved this: I have to think a bit more about your question, but what I can say about it now, is that when I thought about it later, your instructions were very clear, you told us to look for a daily activity etc.
A Guide to Imagework: Imagination-Based Research Methods (Asa Research Methods in Social Anthropology) by Iain Edgar