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Doing Performative Social Science
Creativity in Doing Research and Reaching Communities

Edited By

Kip Jones

ISBN 9781032035239
Published June 30, 2022 by Routledge
268 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Doing Performative Social Science: Creativity in Doing Research and Reaching Communities focuses, as the title suggests, on the actual act of doing research and creating research outputs through a number of creative and arts-led approaches. Performative Social Science (PSS) embraces the use of tools from the arts (e.g., photography, dance, drama, filmmaking, poetry, fiction, etc.) by expanding—even replacing—more traditional methods of research and diffusion of academic efforts. Ideally, it can include forming collaborations with artists themselves and creating a professional research, learning and/or dissemination experience. These efforts then include the wider community that has a meaningful investment in their projects and their outputs and outcomes.
In this insightful volume, Kip Jones brings together a wide range of examples of how contributing authors from diverse disciplines have used the arts-led principles of PSS and its philosophy based in relational aesthetics in real-world projects. The chapters outline the methods and theory bases underlying creative approaches; show the aesthetic and relational constructs of research through these approaches; and show the real and meaningful community engagement that can result from projects such as these.
This book will be of interest to all scholars of qualitative and arts-led research in the social sciences, communication and performance studies, as well as artist-scholars and those engaging in community-based research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Performative Social Science as Methodology

Kip Jones

Section I

2. Pen Portraits


Section II: Theatre and engaging across the fourth wall: Audience participation, performance, and drama

3. A Theatre-Based Program for Traumatic Stress in Military Veterans

Alisha N Ali, Stephan Wolfert and Courtney Pensavalle 

4. Battling for Wounded Me

Alison Upshaw

5. Improvising music and Improvising Research Methods in a Performative Social Science Research Project

Becky White

6. Theatre to connect and reassure about the challenges of feeding a loved one who is sick

Catherine Morley

7. JURY PLAY – jury research in action

Jenny Scott

8. What to expect when you aren’t expected:

Bringing queer birthing lives from story to stage

Lisa Goldberg and Megan Aston

Section III: Education: Teaching and Embodied Learning

9.Conversations: Changing life perspectives through a microtopia of integrated arts education in a South African Primary School

Gerard M. Samuel and Charlotte Svendler Nielsen

10.How does it feel to walk the slack line? Too tired for considerations

Stine Degerbol with Moa Asklof Prescott

11.Exhibit Interviews. Reflections on presenting qualitative data in exhibitions

Günter Mey

12. Don't be afraid to be performative!

Doing Performative Social Science at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan

Masayuki Okahara

Section IV: Poetry as identity and community



Qulsom Fazil

14.Embracing the Mosaic: Crafting Collaborative Poetics Research for Critical Resilience

Helen Johnson

Section V: Innovations

15.Earth writing|writing earth:

instructions for the geo-poet wanting to interview a river

sophie anne edwards

Section VI: PSS, Virtual Realities and Self-reflection

16. Symphonies of Performance:

The Potential of PSS with Virtual Reality Technologies

Sonya Grace Turkman



Helle Winther

Section VII. Conclusions

18.Some Conclusions, Intrusions, and Shock Endings

Kip Jones

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Kip Jones was a visiting scholar in the faculty of media and communication, Bournemouth University. Before his retirement, he was Director of their Centre for Qualitative Research. Reports on Jones’ work: BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV news, as well as in Times Higher Education, LSE Impact Blog, New York Times, International Herald-Tribune and The Independent.


"Kip Jones brings the genre of what he calls Performative Social Science forward with wide-ranging theoretical, academic, and artistic products in various media that takes up how social scientists can use art for investigation and dissemination". "Embodied Methodologies, Participation, and the Art of Research" --Madeline Fox Social and Personality Psychology Compass.

"U.K.'s Kip Jones has pioneered Performative Social Science (PSS) which seeks to spread narrative research to the public through lit, theater and film. Jones' aim is to harness research as a catalyst for social change". --Nisha Gupta PhD The Phenomenological Art Collective.

"Kip Jones is one of the most inspiring sources of social science performance work in the world today." --Ken & Mary Gergen, Playing with Purpose.