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Safe spaces for youth "At Risk": transformative learning through food system awareness

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  • Morten Kromann Nielsen, UCL University College Lillebaelt, Danmark
  • Karen Wistoft
The paper will discuss how farm based empowerment programs directed at youth "at risk" through the construction of "safe spaces" around farming, cooking and different workshops, and with a critical approach to the food system can provide a framework for transformative learning. Data in the research project is produced through long term anthropological fieldwork with participant observations and ethnographic interviews with a cohort of high school youth participating in a specific Californian program. Narratives from the youth illustrate a variety within the program discourse of empowerment as different motivations, strategies and outcomes from participation in the program activities that can be identified in two main trajectories: network building and job training and emerging activist identities engaging youth in food justice issues and movement building in local communities. The research shows how a specific pedagogy as it is practiced and contextualized within a critical approach to the food system can engage and motivate high school youth to transform social relations, identities and learning. On a general level the research contributes to current discussions on the potentials for learning, democratic participation and citizenship education through farming and gardening.

Keywords: Food Systems, Transformative Learning, Youth Empowerment
Stream: Food Policies, Politics and Cultures
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in a Themed Session in English
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Bidragets oversatte titelSikre rum for udsatte unge: transformativ læring gennem 'Food System' opmærksomhed
Udgivelsesår1 jul. 2015
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2015
BegivenhedFood Studies - Virginia, USA
Varighed: 18 sep. 201519 sep. 2015


KonferenceFood Studies

Bibliografisk note

Food studies conference, Virginia September the 18.-19. th. 2015.


  • Safe spaces, Youth at risk, Transformative learning spaces, Food Systems, Awareness, Out-door eduaction

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