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Creative Practice Ethnographies

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Creative Practice Ethnographies focuses on the intersection of creative practice and ethnography and offers new ways to think about the methods, practice, and promise of research in contemporary interdisciplinary contexts. How does creative practice inform new ways of doing ethnography and vice versa? What new forms of expression and engagement are made possible as a result of these creative synergies? By addressing these questions, the authors highlight the important roles that ethnography and creative practice play in socially impactful research. This book is aimed at interdisciplinary researchers, scholars, and students of art, design, sociology, anthropology, games, media, education, and cultural studies.
Larissa Hjorth is distinguished professor and director of the Design & Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT University. Anne Harris is associate professor and vice chancellor's principal research fellow at RMIT University. Kat Jungnickel is senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Gretchen Coombs is postdoctoral research fellow in the Design & Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT University.
List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction: Doing Creative Practice Ethnographies Chapter 1: Doing Collaborative and Creative Interdisciplinary Research Section I: Invitations & Encounters Chapter 2: Creative Invitations Chapter 3: Speculative Encounters Section II: Mapping & Mobilities Chapter 4: Understanding Mapping Chapter 5: Making Mobilities Section III: Play & Performance Chapter 6: Social Play Chapter 7: Performing Futures Conclusion Bibliography About the Authors
Authors Hjorth, Harris, Coombs (all, RMIT University, Australia), and Jungnickel (Univ. of London, UK) assert early on that creative practice ethnography represents a collision of art and anthropology, with artists and creatives (including scholars) using contemporary tools to tell nuanced, revealing, and socially important stories for a broad audience. For scholars seeking deeper meaning in their work, this book lays out concrete examples of a core theme introduced early and often: producing socially impactful research. Interested readers should start with the introduction, as the authors do a spectacular job of providing context for their volume, offering a robust discussion of terms such as "techniques," "translation," and "transmission," which are often contested within academic circles. This reviewer especially appreciated how the text invites readers to more deeply consider core assumptions, examples, and challenges of using creative practice to tell compelling and rigorous stories. Although the subject matter might only be of deep interest to scholars, the book's prose makes this a quick and accessible read for anyone looking to understand the logic and practice of creative practice ethnography. For all scholars, this study is a compelling addition for our methodological toolboxes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals. * CHOICE * This very timely publication gives academics and students in the humanities and beyond a rich and strong framework to think about productive and innovative synergies between creative practice and ethnographic approaches. The authors have succeeded in writing a very clear and well-structured book that sets out the scope of creative practice ethnographies and their methodological implications. This book is particularly compelling as it shows how creative practice ethnographies 'work' through a series of case studies that are not only inspirational and analytical, but also center around core concerns in the field such as participation, performativity, embodiment, and materiality. Creative Practice Ethnographies is a must-read for researchers working in diverse areas, such as practice-based-research, game studies, critical geography, (post)digital studies, media anthropology, and gender studies. -- Sybille Lammes, Leiden University Creative Practice Ethnographies maps the turn to social practice across the creative arts. Focused on the modes of ethnographic practice, this book is divided into sections that provide examples of applied research in the field, where collaborative, co-designed practice lends itself to the potentials of social change through creative methods. The economic matrix behind the social is recast as play, and the value of play is highlighted in the practice examples that provide an index for the breadth of societal changes and perception shifts brought about by the practice. This is a valuable text for teachers, researchers, and practitioners seeking to generate new forms of play as a social facilitator. -- Felicity Colman, University of the Arts, London
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