By Iain Edgar
A consultant to Imagework is a pioneering advisor to a brand new pattern in ethnographic examine: using ingenious, experiential equipment akin to dreamwork, paintings, Gestalt concept and psychodrama. Originating in staff counselling and psychiatric treatment, imagework thoughts discover topics' resourceful assets to bare subconscious wisdom approximately id, trust and society. they're perfect for gaining access to wealthy qualitative information approximately how members and cultures functionality. Iain Edgar, a number one professional on ethnographic approach, has condensed top-level study idea on imagework into this convenient sensible guide. entire with case stories and examples, hands-on information and counsel on equipment and ethics, it truly is an awesome start line for any imagework venture.
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Other similar symbols used in the same exercise by other students were: health experiences expressed as a series of hills with ascents for ‘healthy times’ and descents expressing ‘unhealthy times’, and in another picture we encounter a similar theme using the symbolism of a rollercoaster. The use of such symbolisation allows other respondents to empathise without the painter having to actually disclose possibly confidential health data. However, what I consider valuable about the depth of the data revealed through these examples in this exercise are the many levels of understanding of health that emerge.
And again there is a strong feeling of happiness and creativity. Only this time there is not the music involved but writing different texts, letters, making concepts, dreaming, reading books etc. And again there is a keyboard. My English is not good enough to explain what I think is the meaning of my images. I can only say that they are of great importance for me and the finding of your exercise as well. What do they mean, two rooms in the second floor of our house? I need 26 ‘Imaginary fields’ and the qualitative research domain an entire life to pass from one room to another.
The idea that the good and the bad times are linked, one following on from another. That both are needed in order to grow and reach contentment’. Clearly these responses represent results from a single case and without full control trials we cannot know if her reactions to the task would provide different data if done a) solely as a questionnaire, b) as an interview, c) as a picture-making and questionnaire exercise, or d) as an imagework exercise followed on by picture-making and questionnaire (as was the case).
A Guide to Imagework: Imagination-Based Research Methods (Asa Research Methods in Social Anthropology) by Iain Edgar