Co-production of Equity as Everyday Life Practice: Boundary community co-produced from the margin

Line Lerche Mørck, Maja Baunbjerg Madsen

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This paper describes how Street Lab continues a long Danish tradition of wild social work boundary communities, which we - a community of critical psychological practice researchers - have followed for 25 years. Street Lab is a voluntary Non-profit organization primarily run by volunteering parents, youth and others making ‘common third’ activities in collaboration with public employed professionals, local citizens, and other organizations.
The chapter shows practice research as a participatory version of critical ethnography, where we as practice researchers are multi-positioned when we explore processes of co-production of street-sport activities, networks, equity and dialogical practices in and around Street Lab. We show how practice research with children, young people, families, and professionals involve co-production of meaningful documentation, which are both part of the ethnographic exploration and the co-production of change.
The chapter discusses how equity as being “for all” is linked to questions of marginalization, (non-)belonging and processes of empowerment. We explore co-production of equity as everyday life practice – and as individual and collective learning and co-production processes engaging Street Lab’s very different participants and collaborating organizations. This includes an ADHD-diagnosed scooter boy and his parents co-producing scooter ramps, scooter activities, co-creating videos with us researchers while moving beyond marginality. In collaboration with our co-researchers, we explore how Street Lab and its participants change as part of a local environment of overlapping networks and communities across private cultural enterprises and social and cultural public institutions.
We thereby show how the research of equity as part of a boundary community is a co-production of belonging, ideologies, identities, relations, and questions of how the community give space for expansive agency and empowerment with people from the margin. In this sense, we conceptualize boundary community as an emancipatory and normative model for an alternative social and cultural work, promoting participatory, resource oriented, ‘open’, multipositioned, ‘adhoc’ culture.
Publikationsdato6 aug. 2021
StatusUdgivet - 6 aug. 2021


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