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

Bidragets oversatte titel: Sikre rum for udsatte unge: transformativ læring gennem 'Food System' opmærksomhed

Morten Kromann Nielsen, Karen Wistoft

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    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
    Publikationsdato1 jul. 2015
    Antal sider1
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2015
    BegivenhedFood Studies - Virginia, USA
    Varighed: 18 sep. 201519 sep. 2015


    KonferenceFood Studies


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