Intersectionality and resistance in youth work: young people, peace and global development in a racialized world
This chapter is framed by the concepts of Critical Race Theory, Critical Peace Education, and Global Youth Work. It departs from a premise that Youth Work can be an effective tool to provoke consciousness (Sallah, 2014) and redress power imbalances (Davis, 2015) as an instrument of resistance (Scott, 1990) in a grotesquely unequal and increasingly globalized world. In this context, we argue that globalized hegemony exists in personal, local, national and global acts of, and reactions to, violence, and that this necessitates a shift from a singular binary of oppression to an intersectorial approach recognizing multiple interconnections such as age, race, structural violence, ‘development’ and global situatedness. In making this argument, we focus on the way that hierarchies of oppression, enacted within society, are linked to micro aggressions and the framing of majoritarian stories within the consciousness of the oppressor and the oppressed that negate human potential as direct and structural violence (Galtung, 1969). Crucially, we argue that resistance to oppression should also shift from a mere critical understanding of this intersectionality, to generating pedagogies of disruption, and in turn pedagogies of hope.
Citation : Sallah, M., Ogunnusi, M. and Kennedy, R. (2018) Intersectionality and resistance in youth work: young people, peace and global development in a racialized world. In: Alldred, P., Cullen, F., Edwards, K., Fusco, D. (Ed.) Youth Work and Approaches to Professional Work with Young People. London: Sage Publications.
ISBN : 1473939526
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