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The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts




The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts  (pdf)


The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts is a major collection of new writings on research in the creative and performing arts by leading authorities from around the world. it provides theoretical and practical approaches to identifying, structuring and resolving some of the key issues in the debate about the nature of research in the arts which have surfaced during the establishment of this subject over the last decade. it will provide a point of reference for the further development of that debate in the years to come by making specific assertions about what this phenomenon is (or is not) so that subsequent scholars will have something definite to agree with or to criticize.

This critical anthology benefits from a wide range of contributors from all of the major constituencies in arts-based research. The contributions are located in the contemporary intellectual environment of research in the arts, and more widely in the universities, in the strategic and political environment of national research funding, and in the international environment of trans-national cooperation and communication. The book is divided into three principal sections – Foundations, Voices and Contexts – each with an introduction from the editors so as to orientate the reader with regard to the main issues, agreements and debates.

The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts addresses a wide variety of concepts and issues, including:

  • the diversity of views on what constitutes arts-based research and scholarship, what it should be, and its potential contribution
  • the trans-national communication difficulties arising from terminological and ontological differences in arts-based research
  • traditional and non-traditional concepts of knowledge, their relationship to professional practice, and their outcomes and audiences
  • a consideration of the role of written, spoken and artefact-based languages in the formation and communication of understandings.




Edited by
Michael Biggs and Henrik Karlsson

in collaboration with stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, stockholm




First edition published 2011 by Routledge
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simultaneously published in the usa and Canada by Routledge 270 madison ave, new York, nY 10016

Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business

This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2010.