Adapting to the future: vulnerable bodies, resilient practices

Heddon, D. and Porter, S. (2017) Adapting to the future: vulnerable bodies, resilient practices. In: Ersoy, A. (ed.) The Impact of Co-Production: From Community Engagement to Social Justice. Series: Connected Communities. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 179-200. ISBN 9781447330295

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In this chapter, we are concerned with the contribution of arts-based approaches to support participation in service of a fairer society. As illustration, we offer an account of the Walking Interconnections: Researching the Lived Experience of Disabled People for a Sustainable Society project and the interventions that the project and its outcomes have staged not only in environmental discourse and debate about inclusive public space, but also in representations of walking practices. We start by describing and contextualising the Walking Interconnections project, before going on to consider the arts based approaches used within the project and the research findings they enabled. Walking Interconnections brought disabled people and sustainability practitioners together to share walking encounters in public places. Through mapping, talking, walking and reflecting together they entered each other’s life-world’s. Their experiences are caught in photographs, maps and Going for a Walk, a verbatim play crafted by Deirdre Heddon from the recorded conversations of the walkers. Throughout the chapter, we include co-researchers’ voices using excerpts from Going for a Walk.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heddon, Professor Deirdre
Authors: Heddon, D., and Porter, S.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Policy Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Policy Press
First Published:First published in The Impact of Co-Production: From Community Engagement to Social Justice: 179-200
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
619191Walking interconnections: Performing conversations of sustainabilityDeirdre HeddonArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/K004093/1CCA - THEATRE FILM AND TV STUDIES