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(Re)Assembling Anti-Oppressive Practice Teachings in Youth and Community Work through Collective Biography (2)

Bowler, Rick, Green, Steph, Smith, Christine and Woolley, Liz (2021) (Re)Assembling Anti-Oppressive Practice Teachings in Youth and Community Work through Collective Biography (2). Education Sciences, 11 (9). p. 497. ISSN 2227-7102

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This article draws on research undertaken as part of a Collective Biography project generated by a group of activists and lecturers teaching and researching in youth and community work (YCW). Collective Biography (CB) is an approach to research in which participants work productively with memory and writing to generate collective action orientated analysis. The emphasis on collectivized approaches to CB work acts as a potential strategy to disrupt and resist the reproduction of power in academic knowledge-making practices and the impact of powerful policy discourses in practice. The article explores the current context and contemporary challenges for teaching anti-oppressive practice in UK based universities before briefly scoping out the methodology of CB. Extracts from a memory story are used as an example of the process of collective analysis generated through the process of CB in relation to racism, the role of anti-oppressive practice, and as the basis for YCW educators to think collectively about implications for teaching going forward. The article goes on to explore the role of concepts that were worked with as part of the CB process and considers the potential significance for teaching anti-oppressive practice in YCW. The article concludes by starting to scope out key considerations relating to the potential role of CB as a grass roots strategy to open spaces of possibility alongside young people and communities in reassembling the teaching of anti-oppressive practice in YCW

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Depositing User: Leah Maughan


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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 13:01
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2022 08:52


Author: Rick Bowler ORCID iD
Author: Steph Green
Author: Christine Smith
Author: Liz Woolley

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