Critical Literacy and Youth Organizing
Chapter 9. Imagining Tactically Strategic Futures
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This chapter discusses implications from this study for future research designs. I briefly address nine levels of audience for this work, organized from micro to macro. I start with the reader, writer, and participants, and move to speak directly to audiences in the worlds of literacy and educational research. I then turn to speak to youth organizers, adult community activists, nonprofit managers, and policy makers invested in the sustainability and scalability of this work. All audiences are vital to continued justice-oriented activism.
To address ongoing considerations of and concerns for ethics, politics, and methodological rigor, I start with implications directly related to the participants. Gentle Meadows, Awesome Woman, Green Strawberries, Vaga De Franx, and People’s Republic of Mars made this study possible. I maintain that our initial designs for research were ripe with transformative potential. While it was beyond the scope of this study to deeply engage with certain postfoundational hybridized research methods, the central importance of participant voice, input, and experience remains intact. The divergent histories, stories, and insights of the participants reflect a deep commitment to ← 95 | 96 → continued collaborative activist work around human rights and social justice with youth.
All of the participants were suggested to me as committed, vivacious, and visionary youth activists. They all entered the study with histories of activism, and each anticipated future uses of this study in their own work. As they move into full participation as adult actors in nonprofit management, human rights organizing, youth development, educational...
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