Researching Creations: Applying Arts-Based Research to Bedouin Women’s Drawings

Ephrat Huss, Julie Cwikel

Abstract


In this article, the author examines the combination of arts-based research and art therapy within Bedouin women’s empowerment groups. The art fulfills a double role within the group of both helping to illuminate the women’s self-defined concerns and goals, and simultaneously enriching and moving these goals forward. This creates a research tool that adheres to the feminist principles of finding new ways to learn from lower income women from a different culture, together with creating a research context that is of direct potential benefit and enrichment for the women. The author, through examples of the use of art within lower income Bedouin women’s groups, examines the theoretical connection between arts-based research and art therapy, two areas that often overlap but whose connection has not been addressed theoretically.

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