Children’s literature in critical contexts of displacement: exploring the value of hope

McAdam, J. , Abou Ghaida, S., Arizpe, E. , Hirsu, L. and Motawy, Y. (2020) Children’s literature in critical contexts of displacement: exploring the value of hope. Education Sciences, 10(12), 383. (doi: 10.3390/educsci10120383)

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Abstract

The article builds upon work carried out through a Children’s Literature in Critical Contexts of Displacement (CLCCD) network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council–Global Challenges Research Fund. The network brought together academics as well as government and non-governmental organisations with expertise in children’s literature, migration, and education who were actively working in Egypt and Mexico. They collaboratively designed workshops that examined the use of children’s literature as a cultural tool for post-crisis interventions that could contribute to creating a safe space for children and their families to reimagine and restore their self and group identities. This article begins by unravelling the concept of hope, arguing for a critical understanding of hope for transformative use within contexts of flux. Using a critical content analysis approach, five picturebooks used by Egyptian and Mexican mediators were analysed in order to develop an understanding of how critical hope developed within the texts. The emerging themes have been expanded into a set of guiding questions that will enable mediators and educators to use children’s literature in contexts of displacement or precarity

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Arizpe, Professor Evelyn and Abou Ghaida, Ms Susanne and McAdam, Dr Julie and Hirsu, Dr Lavinia
Creator Roles:
McAdam, J. E.Conceptualization, Methodology, Validation, Formal analysis, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Abou Ghaida, S.Conceptualization, Methodology, Validation, Formal analysis, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Arizpe, E.Validation, Formal analysis, Writing – original draft
Hirsu, L.Validation, Formal analysis, Writing – original draft
Authors: McAdam, J., Abou Ghaida, S., Arizpe, E., Hirsu, L., and Motawy, Y.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Education Sciences
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2227-7102
ISSN (Online):2227-7102
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 by the authors
First Published:First published in Education Sciences 10(12):383
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300097Arizpe - Network proposalEvelyn ArizpeArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AHR004218/1ED - Education