The Bricoleur Researcher, Serendipity and Arts-based research.

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Esther Fitzpatrick


My work as a critical autoethnographer has been haunted by Elliot Eisner’s insistence that arts-based research should find a place of its own and not adhere to the scientific method. I have found that the more I worked as a Bricoleur researcher, using arts-based methods, the more I came to understand that there is no need to find a place, but rather return. I argue here that as arts-based researchers the notion of serendipity and the role of a bricoleur, are useful to make sense of embodied, sensory, and at times messy, research processes.

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FITZPATRICK, Esther. The Bricoleur Researcher, Serendipity and Arts-based research.. The Ethnographic Edge, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 61-73, dec. 2017. ISSN 2537-7426. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 may 2019. doi: