In this essay we share a musical performance ethnography, titled Under One Roof, as an example of one approach to critical arts-based research. The piece stems from commissioned research that took the form of an ethnography of an urban-supported housing scheme for people over 50 years of age. We discuss some tensions of conducting radical democratic performative work within a political climate characterized by the commodification of knowledge and marketization of science. This context provides a backdrop to subsequent reflections around performing praxis through a critical political and cultural engagement. Specifically, we consider how Under One Roof challenges dominant stories about homelessness, poverty, discrimination, alcohol and drug misuse, marginalization, and aging through privileging personal stories. We consider how students’ participation through readings of the script during lectures made it possible, in Henry A. Giroux’s terms, to “connect the practice of classroom teaching with important social problems.”1
Under One Roof: Living Together and Apart in an Urban-Supported Housing Scheme
Kitrina Douglas is Professor of Narrative and Performative Research at the University of West London. Kitrina is a video/ethnographer/director, storyteller, musician, and narrative scholar whose research spans the arts, humanities, and social sciences. She publishes research as films, documentaries, poems, songs, stories, and musical theatre, along with written publications in academic journals, news media, film, and multimedia in order to make it accessible to diverse audiences. Correspondence to: Kitrina Douglas, University of West London, St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London W5 5RF, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Carless is Visiting Research Professor at University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University Belfast. David is a researcher–writer–musician working on interdisciplinary projects across social science, education, and health using narrative, songwriting, filmmaking, and live performance approaches. Correspondence to: David Carless, Queen’s University Belfast, 69-71 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL, UK. Email: email@example.com.
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Kitrina Douglas, David Carless; Under One Roof: Living Together and Apart in an Urban-Supported Housing Scheme. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 23 September 2020; 9 (3): 3–27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.3.3
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