In this paper, the authors explore representations and interpretations of images of youth that surfaced in discussions with groups of adolescents in four community youth organizations. As part of a larger multi-method study, adolescents created photo-essays on the theme ‘Youth Making a Difference in the Community.’ These projects then served as triggers for small-group discussions around the product and meaning of the exercise. In the analysis of the discussion-group transcripts, one of the striking findings was how these youth, in the processes of creating and reflecting on their photo-essays, perceived and challenged dominant societal images; reconstructed alternative images based on their personal and peer experiences; and valued visibility and recognition of youth’s contributions to the community as a way of changing the image of youth. The authors discuss implications for research and educational practices aimed at youth empowerment and recasting societal images.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2010|
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