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Method Meets Art
method-meets-artMethod Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice Second Edition
A New Edition of a Best-Seller

A comprehensive, highly accessible introduction to arts-based research (ABR), this widely used text provides a practical guide for researchers who want to uncover information that traditional methods cannot capture. Patricia Leavy addresses all eight major ABR genres–narrative inquiry, fiction-based research, poetry, music, dance, theatre, film, and visual art. Following a consistent format, chapters review how each genre developed, explore its methodological variations and the kind of research questions it can address, and describe sample studies. An exemplary research article or online video link demonstrates each set of techniques in practice.

New to This Edition:
*Covers two additional ABR genres: fiction-based research and film.
*Chapter on the criteria for evaluating ABR studies.
*Most end-of-chapter exemplars are new; plus links to online exemplars added for ABR performance studies.
*Chapters restructured to follow a consistent format.
*Implications for creative arts therapies are addressed throughout.
*Increased attention to public scholarship and audience issues.
*Expanded discussions of ABR as a paradigm, playbuilding, and technology.

Pedagogical Features:
*Checklists of issues to consider when deciding how to use a particular method.
*Discussion questions and activities that can be worked on in class or assigned.
*Annotated lists of suggested readings and websites, including links to online performance pieces.
*Instructive research examples from multiple disciplines.
*Flexibly organized so that chapters can be read independently or in sequence.

Praise for the Book

“Patricia Leavy has another winner! A practical, packed full, engaging guide, this second edition of Method Meets Art makes a persuasive case for arts-based research as its own developed paradigm and for the potential of arts-based research to advance public scholarship.” – Carolyn Ellis

“Once again the ABR and the larger qualitative research communities are indebted to Leavy for her documentation, celebration and advocacy of multiple ways of knowing. This extensively updated edition is rich with exemplars and sophisticated discussions of the epistemological and methodological issues that underpin this work, making it a companion piece to the first. Both are stand alones and must haves.” – Joe Norris

“This book is well-written, engaging and thoughtful. The teaching features of this book are second to none.” – Jennifer L. Milam, University of Akron

“I love this book… it is a great resource book for professors who want to learn about (and teach) ABR to their students.” – Jeong-Hee Kim

“A leading-edge, articulate, comprehensive overview of ABR. The second edition expands into new terrain to make a robust case for ABR across disciplines. Patricia Leavy has once again moved ABR …forward, showing how these methods can illuminate and clarify the human experience by bridging the arts and science divide.” – Cathy A. Malchiodi

“This evocative 2nd edition of Method Meets Art is a gem for all who want to know more about Arts Based Research and the power and potential of the arts in defining our world. Patricia Leavy has succeeded in pushing the borders of our understanding of the importance of the arts in research and in writing.” – Valerie J. Janesick

“Leavy is conscious that she is on the cutting edge of this dynamic methodology and provides thoughtful background and bridging concepts/language so those that use arts-based practice may be successful in their research as well as defending their methods to their institutions and audience.” – Paulette Moore

“This book is a perfect introduction to arts-based research text for use in graduate research courses devoted to arts-based research. It could even be ideal for use in an undergraduate survey of multiple qualitative methods.” – Susan Finley

“The book challenges us as researchers to not so quickly select a comfortable way to create and share research, but rather let the inquiry’s focus, the data’s form, the audience’s perspectives, and our inner muse guide us to consider new alternatives. Read this book and be prepared to base your research in art like you never could have imagined before!” – Ronald J. Chenail

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The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research
The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative ResearchThe Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research presents a comprehensive overview of the field of qualitative research. It is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the social sciences. The contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers in the field as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while simultaneously providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, this volume offers both a retrospective and prospective view of the field.

Praise for the Book

“Patricia Leavy has pulled together an impressive collection of essays from many of the leading scholars in qualitative inquiry. Including pieces that reflect more traditional as well as the most cutting edge work in qualitative research, this book will be a joy to use in the classroom and a necessary resource for any researcher working with qualitative methods.” – Ronald J. Pelias, Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University

“A book of quality and utility. Indeed everything you need to know about qualitative research but were too afraid to ask.” – Carl Bagley, Professor of Educational Sociology and Head of the School of Education, Durham University

“Leavy’s handbook is already the preferred bookmark for my own research and will become a required text for my students for years to come.” – Candace Jesse Stout, Professor of Art Education, The Ohio State University

Award Nomination
Outstanding Qualitative Book of the Year 2015 the Qualitative SIG of the American Educational Research Association

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Gender & Pop Culture: A Text-Reader
Gender-Pop-Front-CoverGender & Pop Culture provides a foundation for the study of gender, pop culture and media. This comprehensive, interdisciplinary text provides text-book style introductory and concluding chapters written by the editors, seven original contributor chapters on key topics and written in a variety of writing styles, discussion questions, additional resources and more. Gender & Pop Culture was designed to promote reflection and lively discussion.

Praise for the Book

“This should be required reading for anyone who’s ever watched TV, gone to a movie or put on a pair of headphones!” – Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood and American Culture and author of The Macho Paradox

“An important addition to the fields of gender and media studies, this excellent compilation will be useful to students and teachers in a wide range of disciplines. It is certain to stimulate self-reflection and lively discussion.” – Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., author, feminist activist and creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series

“An ideal teaching tool… I can’t wait to make use of it.” – Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Founder & Executive Director, Media Education Foundation

“Gender & Pop Culture takes no prisoners in describing the influences of patriarchy on a wide range of media.” – Lisa Wade, Founder of Sociological Images and Professor at Occidental College

“Buy this book now!” – Anne Harris, Filmmaker and Professor at Monash University

Award Nomination
Outstanding Edited Volume 2015 The Popular Culture and American Culture Associations

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Fiction as Research Practice: Short Stories, Novellas, and Novels
Leavy_FictionasResearchPractice_72 (1)The turn to fiction as a social research practice is a natural extension of what many researchers and writers have long been doing. Patricia Leavy, a widely published qualitative researcher and a novelist, explores the overlaps and intersections between these two ways of understanding and describing human experience. She demonstrates the validity of literary experimentation to the qualitative researcher and how to incorporate these practices into research projects. Five short stories and excerpts from novellas and novels show these methods in action. This book is an essential methodological introduction for those interested in studying or practicing arts-based research.

Award Nominations
Outstanding Qualitative Book of the Year 2014 the Qualitative SIG of the American Educational Research Association (FINALIST)

Outstanding Contribution to Research Methodology, Qualitative, Division D Award of the American Educational Research Association

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Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies

Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies (Left Coast Press, 2011) presents an overview of transdisciplinarity as a problem-centered approach to research. Transdisciplinarity is a social justice oriented approach to research and may provide a pathway for addressing major contemporary challenges such as sustainability, violence, unequal development and health and well-being. Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research provides a user-friendly guide to the key principles and research design strategies needed for building a transdisciplinary project. This book is ideal for researchers across the disciplines, graduate students designing theses projects and undergraduate courses in research methods, qualitative research, mixed methods, service learning or community-based research as well as any courses that emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, problem-based learning and/or research. Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research is essential reading for researchers and students in the social and behavioral sciences.

Praise for the Book

“Leavy’s text is necessary for researchers in both the humanities and the sciences interested in both the study of interdisciplinary research methods as well as their overall applicability to “real-world” problems.” – Daniel John Carroll

“Leavy presents an exemplary and compelling performance of scholarly review, explanation, synthesis, and discussion … As Leavy understands with erudite and eloquent urgency, transdisciplinary research transcends the boundaries of disciplines in order to engage with the kind of essentially and ecologically connected research that can transform how we live together.”  – Carl Leggo

“Recommended” – Choice Magazine

Award Nominations

Outstanding Book of the Year 2013 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Outstanding Qualitative Book of the Year 2012 the Qualitative SIG of the American Educational Research Association

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Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research

Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011) provides a user-friendly introduction to oral history research in the social sciences. Oral History focuses on writing and evaluating oral history research and includes numerous examples of oral history write-ups, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Although the book emphasizes oral history research, it is also an excellent resource for qualitative researchers engaged in any kind of interview or field research, for researchers and students looking for templates for writing-up qualitative research and for anyone reading published qualitative research studies and looking for strategies to evaluate them.

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Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History

Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History (Lexington Books, 2007) examines the processes of collective that memory surrounding Titanic, the Shirtwaist Factory fire, Pearl Harbor, the Columbine shootings, and September 11th. Iconic Events offers historical sketches of these events followed by an analysis of three interpretive phases that serve to mold public perception of these events: journalistic representations, political appropriations and pop culture adaptations. Iconic Events may be of interest to a general readership and can be used in courses in American studies, communications, history and sociology. Titanic enthusiasts may be particularly interested in the robust coverage of that event. One reviewer notes: “… the compelling narrative of that particular event [Titanic], together with the fascinating discussion of how that event was used by various political groups to attack and/or defend women’s suffrage, makes for absorbing reading”— Amy Mattson Launters, JHistory. Iconic Events was also recommended by the National Library Association Choice Reviews, March 2008 and has been endorsed by sociologists and historians including Stephen Pfohl, Eve Spangler and Elwood Watson.

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The Practice of Qualitative Research, Second Edition

The Practice of Qualitative Research, Second Edition (SAGE Publications, 2011) offers a step-by-step approach to designing, conducting and writing-up qualitative and mixed methods research. This popular book is a student-centered text appropriate for undergraduate and beginning graduate level students in research methods or qualitative research courses in the social and behavioral sciences. Pedagogical features include: behind-the-scenes boxes written by leading researchers in the field, glossaries of key terms, discussion questions, suggested online resources and relevant journals. Ancillary materials are available online for students and instructors including (Hot links to a variety of qualitative & mixed methods SAGE journal articles; Power Point presentations for each chapter; Test questions including multiple choice, true/false and essay questions). Wes Clarkson refers to this book as an “excellent textbook.”

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Feminist Research Practice: a Primer

Feminist Research Practice: a Primer (SAGE Publications, 2007) is the only feminist text to explicitly link theory and research practice. Feminist Research Practice offers coverage of a range of feminist perspectives (including empiricism, standpoint, postmodernism and post-structuralism) as well as feminist approaches to research methodology (including ethnography, interview, focus group interview, oral history, content analysis, survey research and mixed methods). Feminist Research Practice is appropriate for a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, theory, women’s studies and feminism. Feminist Research Practice has been endorsed by celebrated feminist scholar Sandra Harding (UCLA) who notes: The many voices of feminist social researchers here provide a welcome focus on inquiry practices. They sort through more than three decades of social research as well as reflections on it. They illuminate these analyses with “tales from the field.” This is a valuable text for graduate and undergraduate social science researchers.”

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Handbook of Emergent Methods

The Handbook of Emergent Methods (Guilford Press, 2008, now available in paperback) is the first book comprehensively examining emergent or innovative qualitative and quantitative theories and methods across the social and behavioral sciences. This handbook provides scholars and students with a variety of ways to retool their research choices in chapters written by leading researchers writing on the cutting-edge of methodology. The Handbook of Emergent Methods has been endorsed by renowned researchers including Bruce Berg, Davydd Greenwood, Valerie Janesick, Ruthellen Josselson and Janice Morse. The handbook has also been very well reviewed, for example, one reviewer notes: “Sharlene Hesse-Biber and Patricia Leavy have assembled a very interesting set of chapters, and even experienced researchers will find much to learn about emergent methods and much to consider about how they might use these in their own work.” — Sex Roles. The Handbook of Emergent Methods was also highly recommended by the National Library Association Choice Reviews, 2009.

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Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations

Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations (Haymarket Books, 2008) explores the emerging theoretical work seeking to describe hybrid identities while also illustrating the application of these theories in empirical research. The book provides theoretical and research chapters on the following types of hybrid identities: transnational, double consciousness, gender, diaspora, third space, and the internal colony. Hybrid Identities is set apart by its critical sociological perspective and diverse and international list of contributors. Hybrid Identities may be useful for scholars and students interested in globalization, race and ethnicity and the issues surrounding identity.

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Emergent Methods in Social Research

Emergent Methods in Social Research (SAGE publications, 2006) combines original, in-depth introductions with previously published and original contributor chapters on new and cutting-edge methods and methodologies. One reviewer notes: “All of the book’s chapters are written with enthusiasm and an interest to stimulate researchers to make new uses of traditional data gathering methods and/or develop new ideas.” — Danuta A. Nitecki, Library and Information Science Research.

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Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice

Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2003) combines original, in-depth introductions with theoretical and empirical chapters written by diverse researchers. Approaches to Qualitative Research is designed to help students develop a holistic understanding of the qualitative research process and will be of value in the range of undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods and qualitative research. Approaches to Qualitative Research was named a “Desired Book in Qualitative Research” by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (National Institutes of Health) 2007.

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