Collage Portraits as a Method of Analysis in Qualitative Research

  • Paula Gerstenblatt School of Social Work University of Southern Maine at Portland Portland, Maine, United States

Abstract

This article explores the use of collage portraits in qualitative research and analysis. Collage portraiture, an area of arts-based research (ABR), is gaining stature as a method of analysis and documentation in many disciplines. This article presents a method of creating collage portraits to support a narrative thematic analysis that explored the impact of participation in an art installation construction. Collage portraits provide the opportunity to include marginalized voices and encourage a range of linguistic and non-linguistic representations to articulate authentic lived experiences. Other potential benefits to qualitative research are cross-disciplinary study and collaboration, innovative ways to engage and facilitate dialogue, and the building and dissemination of knowledge.

Author Biography

Paula Gerstenblatt, School of Social Work University of Southern Maine at Portland Portland, Maine, United States
Assistant Professor School of Social Work University of Southern Maine at Portland Portland, Maine, United States
Published
2013-06-27
Section
Articles