July 29, 2016 10:20 - 11:50

Positioning Marginalised Voices and Subjugated Knowledges within Hegemonic Spaces: A Counter-narrative of African Youth

[Speaker] Suffla, Shahnaaz:1
[Co-author] Seedat, Mohamed:2, Bawa, Umesh:2,3
1:South African Medical Research Council & University of South Africa (South Africa(Republic of South Africa)), 2:University of South Africa (South Africa(Republic of South Africa)), 3:University of the Western Cape (South Africa(Republic of South Africa))

Critical community psychologies have contributed to the demystification and situating of knowledge and knowledge production, and raised questions about the legitimacy, basis and authority of knowledge claims. This presentation draws from an African community-based participatory research project that seeks to expand the representational modes and compass of voices that act to portray and improve people's social realities, and that represents an innovative and potentially transforming medium through which to partner with young people as producers of knowledge and as agents of social change. Specifically, we will consider the enactment of youth voices and inscription of youth-generated knowledges in hegemonic spaces, and illustrate the transformative and inventive modalities through which youth voices and knowledges were positioned within these settings. We will highlight both the cooperative and resistant influences to this counter-narrative on youth voice and knowledge, and offer observations towards the strengthening of liberatory praxis in community psychology.
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