‘We shouldn’t be told to shut up, we should be told we can speak out’: reflections on using arts-based methods to research disability hate crime

Burch, Leah (2021) ‘We shouldn’t be told to shut up, we should be told we can speak out’: reflections on using arts-based methods to research disability hate crime. Qualitative Social Work. ISSN 1473-3250

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Abstract

The concept of hate crime has been subject to ongoing debate among academics, practitioners and policy-makers. Yet for many disabled people, this concept remains to be ambiguous and conceptually ‘fuzzy.’ In this article, I reflect upon the use of arts-based methods in order to explore disabled people’s understandings and experiences of hate crime. Specifically, I offer methodological reflections on how the process of making mood-boards can invite participants to revisit personal experiences, prompt sensitive and supportive discussions, and present knowledge in more creative ways. I also consider some of the difficulties involved with arts-based methods, particularly where such activities can evoke discomfort. Despite these methods creating some challenges, this article supports the use of arts-based methods as enabling a more collaborative and participatory research process. In particular, I argue that these alternative methods provide an opportunity to sensitively explore potentially upsetting topics such as hate crime.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications Qualitative social work
Keywords: Disability, participatory research, sensitive topics, art, hate crime, art-based
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Leah Burch
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 14:22
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 14:22
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3261

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