Hanging out in The Studio to challenge xenophobia: consolidating identities as community writers

Coban, O., McAdam, J. E. and Arizpe, E. (2020) Hanging out in The Studio to challenge xenophobia: consolidating identities as community writers. Literacy, 54(3), pp. 123-131. (doi: 10.1111/lit.12220)

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This article examines findings from a Scottish Social Innovation Fund project carried out in an after‐school club known as The Studio. Researchers worked alongside artists to engage young people situated within their communities to challenge xenophobic discourses through the creation of positive narratives developed through story and arts‐based activities. The work used the “deep hang out theory” to generate a complex account of how the participants mediated the cultural tools surrounding them to produce a community text. Through engaging in an arts‐based process, the young writers and illustrators developed a sense of belonging within their communities, taking an active, engaged stance as literacy producers of texts that challenged xenophobic discourses. The lessons learned in this informal space are of relevance across contexts where young people wish to engage in creating positive narratives of community cohesion.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by the European Social Innovation Fund. Grant Number: SIF‐R2‐S1‐LUPS‐026.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Arizpe, Professor Evelyn and McAdam, Dr Julie and Coban, Mr Osman
Authors: Coban, O., McAdam, J. E., and Arizpe, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
Journal Name:Literacy
ISSN (Online):1741-4369
Published Online:13 April 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 UKLA
First Published:First published in Literacy 54(3): 123-131
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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