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Research Perspectives (Performance Design), 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Joslin McKinney
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Research project methodology and design

Becker, H. S. Tricks of the trade : how to think about your research while you're doing it. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Blaikie, Norman (2000) Designing Social Research, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Bryman, A. (2001). Social Research Methods. London: Oxford University Press.

Clough, P and Nutbrown, C, (2002) A student’s guide to methodology: justifying enquiry. London / Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE. 

Denscombe, Martyn (2010) The Good Research Guide, (4th Ed), Berkshire: Open Univ. Press

Margolis, E and L. Pauwels (eds.) (2011). The SAGE handbook of visual research methods ISBN: 9781847875563 (cased) : £95.00; 1847875564 (cased) : £95.00. London: Sage.

Schostak, J. & Schostak, J. (2008). Radical research : designing, developing and writing research to make a difference ISBN: 9780415399289 (pbk.) : £23.99; 9780415399272 (hbk.) : £80.00; 0415399270 (hbk.) : £80.00; 0415399289 (pbk.) : £23.99; 9780203939925 (ebk.) : No price; 0203939921 (ebk.) : No price. London: Routledge.

Silverman, D. (2010). Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook. Third edition. London: Sage.

Walliman, Nicholas (2011) Research methods : the basics ISBN: 9780415489911 (hbk.); 0415489911 (hbk.); 0415489946 (pbk.); 9780415489942 (pbk.), London: Routledge.

Walliman, N. (2005), Your Research Project: a step-by-step guide for the first-time researcher, London/ Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

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Research in the arts

Baldacchino, J. (2009). Opening the picture: On the political responsibility of arts-based research: A review essay. International journal of education & the arts [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1529-8094, 10(Review 3).

Biggs, M. & Karlsson, H. (eds.) (2011). The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. Abingdon: Routledge.

Bochner, A.P., & Ellis, C. (2003). An Introduction to the Arts and Narrative Research: Art as Inquiry. Qualitative inquiry. ISSN: 1077-8004, 9(4), pp. 506-514.

Grierson, E. (2007). Difference: A Critical investigation of Creative Arts with Attention to Art as a Site of Knowledge. Educational philosophy and theory. ISSN: 0013-1857; 1469-5812, 39(5) pp. 531- 542.

Knowles, J.G., & Cole, A.L. (eds.). (2007). Handbook of the arts in qualitative research : perspectives, methodologies, examples, and issues ISBN: 9781412905312 (cloth); 1412905311 (cloth); 9781483303857 (ebk.); 1483303853 (ebk.)Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Leavy, P. (ed.) (2009). Method meets art : arts-based research practice ISBN: 9781593852597 (pbk.); 9781593858438 (hbk.); 1593858434 (hbk.); 1593852592 (pbk.). New York: The Guildford Press.

Leavy, P. (ed.) (2017) Handbook of arts-based research ISBN: 9781462531813 (electronic bk.); 1462531814 (electronic bk.); 9781462531790 (electronic bk.); 1462531792 (electronic bk.); 9781462521951 (hardback); 1462521959 (hardback)New York: Guilford Press.

Reason, M and Rowe, N (eds) Applied practice : Evidence and Impact In Theatre, Music and Art ISBN: 9781474283854 (e-book). Bloomsbury Methuen 2017

Schon, D. (1983). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals think in Action. London: Temple Smith.

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Research in theatre and performance

Beck, J.L., Belliveau, G., Lea, G.W., & Wager, A. (2011). Delineating a Spectrum of Research-Based Theatre. Qualitative inquiry. ISSN: 1077-8004, 17(8), pp. 687-700.

George, D. (1996). Performance Epistemology. Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, 1(1), pp. 16-25. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 25/09/2017) 

Kershaw, Baz and Nicholson, Helen (2011) Research methods in theatre and performance ISBN: 9780748641574 (pbk.) : £22.99; 9780748641581 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0748641580 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0748641572 (pbk.) : £22.99Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press.

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Ethnography and Auto-ethnography

Bacon, J. (2005). It Ain’t What You Do It’s the Way That You Do It. Studies in theatre and performance. ISSN: 1468-276125(3), pp. 215-227.

Conquergood, Dwight (1991). 'Rethinking Ethnography: Towards a Critical Cultural Politics'  Communications Monographs. Vol 58 Issue 2. p179 - Available online:

Denzin, N.K. (2003). Performance ethnography : critical pedagogy and the politics of culture. Thousand Oaks: Sage.  

Holman Jones, S., Adams, T.E., Ellis, C. (eds.) (2013). Handbook of autoethnography ISBN: 9781598746013 (pbk.); 9781598746006 (hardback ; alk. paper); 1598746006 (hardback ; alk. paper); 1598746014 (pbk.). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

Madison, D.S. (2012). Critical ethnography : methods, ethics, and performance ISBN: 9781412980241 (pbk.) : £28.99; 1412980240 (pbk.) : £28.99 (2nd edition). Los Angeles: Sage. 

Rossiter, K. & Godderis, R. (2011). Finding the Necessary Distance: Theorizing Ethnographic Research–Based Theater. Journal of contemporary ethnography. ISSN: 0891-2416, 40(6), pp. 652-681.

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Practice as research

Barrett, E and Bolt, B (2010) Practice as research: approaches to creative arts enquiry. London: I.B. Tauris

Freeman, J. (2010). Blood Sweat and Theory: Research Through Practice in Performance. London: Libra Books.

Nelson, Robin (2006) ‘Practice-as-research and the Problem of Knowledge’, in Performance research : a journal of performing arts. Vol 11, No. 4 (Winter), 105-116. 

Nelson, Robin (2013) Practice as research in the arts : principles, protocols, pedagogies, resistances ISBN: 9781137282903; 1137282908; 1137282894; 9781137282897, Palgrave

Smith, H and Dean, RT (2009) Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Trimingham, Melissa (2002) 'A Methodology for Practice as Research', Studies in theatre and performance. ISSN: 1468-2761 22 (1): 54-60.

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History and historiography

Davis, J, Normington, K and Bush-Bailey, G with Bratton, J. (2011) ‘Researching Theatre History and Historiography’ in Kershaw, Baz and Nicholson, Helen Research methods in theatre and performance ISBN: 9780748641574 (pbk.) : £22.99; 9780748641581 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0748641580 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0748641572 (pbk.) : £22.99, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press.

Gale, M.B and Featherstone, A. (2011). ‘The Imperative of the Archive: Creative Archive Research’ in Kershaw, Baz and Nicholson, Helen Research methods in theatre and performance ISBN: 9780748641574 (pbk.) : £22.99; 9780748641581 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0748641580 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0748641572 (pbk.) : £22.99, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press.

McDonnell, B. (2005). ‘The politics of historiography – towards an ethics of representation’ Research in drama education. 10(2): pp. 127 – 138.

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Writing as method

Ellis, C. & Bochner, A. (eds.) (1996). Composing ethnography : alternative forms of qualitative writingThousand Oaks: Altamira Press.

Pelias, R.J. (2005). Performative writing as scholarship: An apology, An argument, An anecdote. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 5(4): pp. 415-424.

Richardson, L. & St. Pierre, E.A. (2005). Writing: A Method of Inquiry. In Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, Y.S. (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. 3rd Edition. London: Sage, pp. 959-978.

This list was last updated on 30/08/2018