Arts-based Research as a Way to Bridge Emotional versus Social Knowledge of Community Workers

By Roni Kaufman, Ephrat Huss and Dorit Segal-Engelchin.

Published by The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts

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Published online: January 6, 2015 $US5.00

Poverty as expressed in food insecurity may negatively affect victims' physical, social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. This article focuses on the discrepancy between the cognitive structural explanation of food insecurity, and the emotional impact that students hold in relation to this social problem, as shown in their images of poverty.. This discrepancy is accessed through arts based research that uses a projective drawing and phenomenological explanation to reveal these gaps between what social practitioners know and what they feel in relation to food insecurity and hunger. The above paper will show that that while the students may verbally "speak" systemic or socially critical theories of poverty and of food insecurity, they "draw", food insecurity through fatalistic, psychological, and individualistic theories of poverty, or experience and draw dissonance between what they want to draw (what they think) and what they end up drawing (what they experience). The article shows how images can help reveal this gap between what is thought and what is felt, so as to enable social practitioners more self-awareness as a base for effective interventions in relation to poverty.

Keywords: Arts-Based Research, Cognitive versus Emotional Stands, Poverty, Macro Social Work, Evaluation

The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 6, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 676.741KB)).

Prof. Roni Kaufman

Chair, MSW program, Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University, Bear Sheva, Israel, Israel

Dr. Ephrat Huss

Head of MA Program, Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer sheba, Negev, Israel

Dr. Dorit Segal-Engelchin

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel