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Boundary Community co-produced from the Margin

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This chapter seeks to understand processes of co-creation, collaborations and community building in and across communities of practices while exploring how people from the societal margin becomes potential co-producers of a boundary community. The chapter is applying the concept of boundary community in two respects: On the one hand, we apply boundary community as an analytical take for analyzing processes of collective brokering and the meanings and productions of overlaps, connections and collaborations between and across many different communities, contexts, and participants. On the other hand, we propose boundary community as a neologism for a particular form of community building practice between and across different communities where people from the margin co-produce so-called ‘common third activities’. We redefine and reserve the term common third activity to a form of co-production of social and cultural activities that is followed by expansive learning. While researching expansive learning, we also explore the co-production of ideologies, identities, and communities, and whether/how they give space for empowerment of people from the margin (Mørck, 2011). In this sense, we use boundary community as an emancipatory and normative concept about a holistic, asset based social and cultural work approach, promoting participatory, bottom up, resource oriented, ‘open’, multipositioned, ‘adhoc’ culture. Thereby boundary community is formulated as a social work alternative to (Danish) welfare state tendencies of operating in separate silos and working with narrow target groups defined by specific social problems.
This chapter explores co-production of everyday life practice involving concrete participants engaged in concrete communities. We analyze Street-Lab which is a voluntary Non-profit organization primary run by volunteering parents, youth and others making ‘common third’ activities in collaboration with public employed professionals and users of other public institutions. Here, we follow some of the main co-producers of Street-Lab – a young skater who have moved beyond a drug addiction and is now working as an intern as well as an ADHD-diagnosed scooter boy and his parents’ engagement in co-producing different social and cultural activities while moving beyond marginality. Furthermore, we also explore what it means that Street-Lab is part of a network, called The Sociocultural Village. The Sociocultural Village is a network of collaborations across private cultural enterprises and social and cultural public institutions.
TitelGenerating Differentiated Equalities (working title) : A Situated Learning for our Times (
Redaktørermarina Franca, Jean Lave, Ana Gomes, Dorte Kousholt, Line Lerche Mørck
Antal sider27
StatusAfsendt - 2021

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