Poetry and prose as pedagogical tools for addressing difficult knowledges: Translocational positionality and issues of collective political agency

Keddie, Amanda (2012) Poetry and prose as pedagogical tools for addressing difficult knowledges: Translocational positionality and issues of collective political agency. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 20 2: 317-332. doi:10.1080/14681366.2012.688768

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Author Keddie, Amanda
Title Poetry and prose as pedagogical tools for addressing difficult knowledges: Translocational positionality and issues of collective political agency
Journal name Pedagogy, Culture and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1468-1366
1747-5104
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14681366.2012.688768
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 317
End page 332
Total pages 6
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In this paper the focus is on the possibilities that poetry and prose offer as pedagogical tools that can both accommodate and address difficult and painful knowledges. The paper presents and analyses poems and prose written by students at a non-traditional secondary school for disadvantaged girls (many of whom identify as Indigenous Australian). Through stories of grief and pain, but also hope and possibility, the poetry/prose book signifies a sense of collective political agency against oppressive relations towards the girls creating new moulds of existence. Contra to dominant approaches to recognising and valuing Indigeneity in schools, these writings represent Indigenous culture as a complex, dynamic and contingent social practice. While it is contended that a valuing of marginalised cultures is an important aspect of cultural recognition, the paper argues that a broader and more critical focus is required in beginning to address Indigenous oppressions.
Keyword Pedagogy
Culture
Political agency
Identity/positionality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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