ReSearching Diversity

In this episode, we talked to Josefina Bañales who is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Prevention Research Area at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC, U.S.). Our main topics are critical consciousness and how social scientists can learn ‘with’, ‘from’ and ‘from within’ marginalized communities through participatory action research.

Show Notes

In this episode, we talked to Josefina Bañales who is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Prevention Research Area at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC, U.S.). Our main topics are critical consciousness and how social scientists can learn ‘with’, ‘from’ and ‘from within’ marginalized communities through participatory action research

PAST (00:02:03): Josefina describes her personal connection and dedication to the well-being and liberation of low-income, communities of color and how sharing people’s stories has helped create knowledge about her own and other communities

PRESENT (00:22:38): We discuss the article by Watts & Flanagan (2007) about youth civic engagement and how youth have opportunities to develop critical understandings of oppression shape whether and how they engage in behaviors to challenge social justice

FUTURE (00:44:14): Josefina emphasizes the need for more youth participatory action research to bring about social change and for looking into intersectionality to actually contribute positively to the communities and the lives of people of color that we research
 
Learn the Term (plain language):
| critical consciousness: Awareness of oppression and working against oppression together
| marginalized: Undervalued, in a powerless position (social, political, economic)
| participatory action research: The collaboration between (young) participants and researcher to take action and understand social issues
| intersectionality: the acknowledgement that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression and that categories such as gender, race and class are overlapping in discrimination or disadvantage

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Full reference of this episode’s articles:
Bañales, J., Aldana, A., Richards‐Schuster, K., Flanagan, C. A., Diemer, M. A., & Rowley, S. J. (2021). Youth anti‐racism action: Contributions of youth perceptions of school racial messages and critical consciousness. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(8), 3079–3100. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22266
*Stuart, J., & Ward, C. (2011). A Question of Balance: Exploring the Acculturation, Watts, R. J., & Flanagan, C. (2007). Pushing the envelope on youth civic engagement: A developmental and liberation psychology perspective. Journal of Community Psychology, 35(6), 779–792. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.20178

What is ReSearching Diversity?

Join a group of six women in social sciences in their aim to increase visibility of inspiring social scientists and of cutting-edge research focusing on ethnic, cultural, and migration-related diversity. Each episode two hosts invite one outstanding scientist to discuss their PAST (personal path into academia), the PRESENT (a research article that has recently inspired them in their work), and the FUTURE (recent developments and paradigm shifts in the world of academia and social sciences).

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