Performing Research: Tensions,  Triumphs and Trade-offs of Ethnodrama

Performing Research: Tensions, Triumphs and Trade-offs of Ethnodrama


By (author) Judith Ackroyd, By (author) John O'Toole

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  • Publisher: Trentham Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Stoke-on-Trent
  • ISBN 10: 1858564468
  • ISBN 13: 9781858564463
  • Sales rank: 406,705

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Ethnographic performance has been enthusiastically embraced by qualitative researchers as a powerful way to bring a research report to life, especially in the fields of education, health and community studies, where it is being increasingly employed in research and post-graduate training. Most accounts are of successful projects and barely acknowledge the complex problem at the heart of ethnodrama. In blending the demands of research with the aesthetic of theatre and other agendas like education or therapy, it is inevitably compromised: choices and trade-offs are constantly made. In this book, the authors explore the paradoxes of the form - and its usefulness and appeal. Five groups of researcher/performers have bravely offered their projects up for critical examination to provide case studies for the book. "Performing Research" is valuable and thought-provoking reading for qualitative researchers looking for innovative and imaginative ways of presenting research and engaging with communities in its reporting. It is essential reading for anybody thinking of using live or theatrical methods of reporting research.

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John O'Toole is Chair of Arts Education at the University of Melbourne and Judith Ackroyd is Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Regent's College, London. Both are internationally known drama researchers, educators and authors. The case study writers come from a contrasting range of education, health and community studies contexts in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong.

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"Performing Research is highly recommended reading for all arts-based educational researchers, particularly those with a drama/theatre disciplinary focus.Ackroyd & O'Toole's text serves as excellent reading for courses in advanced qualitative research, narrative inquiry, theatre- in education and, of course, ethnodrama/performance ethnography." -- Johnny Saldana Arizona State University, International Journal of Education and the Arts