By Iain Edgar
A consultant to Imagework is a pioneering advisor to a brand new development in ethnographic examine: using inventive, experiential tools comparable to dreamwork, paintings, Gestalt conception and psychodrama. Originating in team counselling and psychiatric treatment, imagework options discover matters' ingenious assets to bare subconscious wisdom approximately id, trust and society. they're perfect for gaining access to wealthy qualitative information approximately how members and cultures functionality. Iain Edgar, a number one professional on ethnographic process, has condensed top-level learn concept on imagework into this convenient sensible guide. entire with case stories and examples, hands-on guidance and tips on equipment and ethics, it truly is an awesome start line for any imagework undertaking.
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We were all sat at the table and I could remember all the furniture inside it, even the colour of the tablecloth. But I had a strange sensation of lacking of space in my place. Also it impressed me that this memory image had no movement, as if I was looking at a picture that stand still. Contrasting with the same ritual situation at my actual home, I saw myself moving. Always moving. In this case it was the activity that prevails over the scenery. I actually haven’t paid much attention to the objects and furniture and colours (perhaps because they were very present in my memory) and the images that always were brought to my memory in this later case were all images of movement, where I played a strong role – bringing the food to the table, bringing water, for example (curiously I don’t really do this as often as to justify this image of myself).
Using such an introductory imagework exercise at the beginning of a workshop session reassures participants and allows them to identify with the imagework process. Such practice is part of a sensitive and ethical imagework practice. 24 ‘Imaginary fields’ and the qualitative research domain Memory imagework The second field of the imagework method that I want to introduce is the memory imagework method. Examples of memory imagework Memory imagework can be used as part of an oral history approach.
For instance, in this last example, respondents had almost no idea that fellow respondents/students felt so similarly about the course experience. Using imagework, even at this most simple and introductory level, can evoke rich levels of personal and group insight and facilitate enhanced selfdisclosure and group analysis. Moreover, I find groups can be easily encouraged to develop their own meta-analysis of the imagery presented; asking respondents to ‘identify common themes and significant differences’ usually provides very useful analysis as respondents, if reasonably facilitated, are ‘warmed up’ by their personal and group encounter with the affective and intuitive aspects of themselves, something still relatively rarely encountered in contemporary Western lifestyles.