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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 & society, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 317-332, doi: 10.1080/14681366.2012.688768.

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Title Poetry and prose as pedagogical tools for addressing difficult knowledges: translocational positionality and issues of collective political agency
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Pedagogy, culture & society
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 317
End page 332
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1468-1366
1747-5104
Keyword(s) pedagogy
culture
political agency
identity/positionality
Indigeneity
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14681366.2012.688768
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Pedagogy, Culture & Society
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Collection: School of Education
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