Arts-Based Methodology for Knowledge Co-Production in Social Work

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In this article, we aim to describe and demonstrate the use of a methodology for using arts-based techniques to co-produce knowledge with community members, thus making it accessible at both the theoretical and practice levels for social workers and social work educators. In this methodology, the arts are used not as a diagnostic tool or as fine art, but rather as a trigger for a reflective and socially critical dialogue with community members, with the aim of understanding how they experience their life situation. The proposed methodology includes three central compositional elements of art analyses: the inter-relationship between figure and background within a composition, the recourses and obstacles included in the picture background and the use of symbols and metaphors. The present manuscript illustrates this innovative analytical prism, providing examples of images and explanatory narratives of engaged and married young Muslim women in Israel, as self-defined by the participants rather than as an external anthropology. We further outline the implications of this methodology for other cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1294
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • arts-based methodology
  • knowledge co-production, social work practice
  • marginalised groups
  • person-in-context approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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