By Iain Edgar
A advisor to Imagework is a pioneering advisor to a brand new development in ethnographic study: using imaginitive, experiential tools akin to dreamwork, paintings, Gestalt thought and psychodrama. Originating in team counselling and psychiatric treatment, imagework options discover matters' innovative assets to bare subconscious wisdom approximately id, trust and society. they're perfect for having access to wealthy qualitative info approximately how contributors and cultures functionality. Iain Edgar, a number one expert on ethnographic strategy, has condensed top-level study idea on imagework into this useful functional guide. whole with case reviews and examples, hands-on counsel and suggestions on equipment and ethics, it's a fantastic place to begin for any imagework undertaking.
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I do, however, agree with the thesis of their book (Anderson and Braud 1998) that exceptional human ‘Imaginary fields’ and the qualitative research domain 19 experiences (EHEs), such as ‘… nocturnal and lucid dreams, hunches, hypnagogic and hypnopompic (twilight state) imagery, visions and hallucinations, empathy, psychic functioning, out of body experiences, and synchronicity’ (1998: 262), can be incorporated into the research outcome and the reflexive practice of the researcher(s). I consider image and dreamwork suitable for use within any social science research paradigm that recognises and seeks to account for the outcomes of human cognition, imagination, emotion and intuition, within the narratively rendered orderings of group process and cultural context.
Remembering mostly the bad times rather than the good; coming from a Western society, our experience of health is more focused towards the physical being: fitness, appearance; traditionally putting much less emphasis on the health of the spirit’. As an anthropologist looking at your picture what do you see? ‘The use of symbols from Western culture – very general symbols encompassing good and bad times with death (cross) being the only independent symbol and therefore obviously the most important issue’.
The following is such a case. Then suddenly we were in this huge soap-bubble and we were suspended above the countryside, we were gliding through the air. Inside of the soap-bubble were lots of fluffy feathers. It was calm up there, it felt like being sheltered, a place to rest, to take breath, there was clearness, facility, lots of wideness, … just being away from the real world. I held the girl in my arms and we stayed there for the rest of the ‘journey’ gliding through the air. Actually it was me who enjoyed this quiet, peaceful place the most … just being there was the healing aspect.
A Guide to Imagework: Imagination-Based Research Methods (Asa Research Methods in Social Anthropology) by Iain Edgar