Non-prescribed spaces, creativity and narrative formation: a systems-based examination of a community art group exploring food poverty

Wheeler, Bella (2018) Non-prescribed spaces, creativity and narrative formation: a systems-based examination of a community art group exploring food poverty. Ethnography and Education, 13 (3). pp. 359-376. ISSN 1745-7823

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Abstract

This article describes a year-long participatory arts project carried out as part of a community–university partnership in the South of England. The research sought to examine the relationship between the ‘user-led’ ethos of the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project (BUCFP) and emergence within it of creatively working and self-managing groups, examining how an environment that did not adhere to a prescribed use of space might enable groups to make sense of their experiences. The research used ethnographic methods and a theoretical framework informed by systems theory, critical health psychology and narrative analysis to explore the group’s experiences of food poverty. The research demonstrates ways in which the group provided community members with a space in which to examine, define and make legitimate their experiences and how this can be thought of as an educational and community knowledge-building practice that has important implications, particularly for notions of well-being.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Arts-based methods, participatory methods, food poverty, stigmatisation, narrative research, practitioner research
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations > HM0716 Social groups. Group dynamics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations > HM0756 Community
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N0061 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N8700 Art and the state. Public art
Depositing User: Bella Wheeler
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 12:42
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 09:18
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/79804

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