Journal Article

Turning Base Metal into Gold: Transmuting Art, Practice, Research and Experience into Knowledge

Mel Gray and Leanne Schubert

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 7, pages 2308-2325
Published in print October 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq047
Turning Base Metal into Gold: Transmuting Art, Practice, Research and Experience into Knowledge

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This paper examines the theoretical underpinnings of an ongoing, innovative, arts-based social intervention research study in light of contemporary theory on knowledge production. It begins by outlining the nature of the study, which seeks to raise community awareness of domestic violence, and the context in which it is being conducted. Thereafter, it examines the relationship between social work and art and argues that the situated knowledge of Mode 2 knowledge production is more useful for social workers—and artists—engaged in participatory community practice than science-driven Mode 1.

Keywords: Social work; knowledge production; community arts practice

Journal Article.  6903 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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