How Weird is Weird? Young people, activist citizenship and multivoiced digital stories

Chung, Yu-Chiao and Macleroy, Vicky. 2022. How Weird is Weird? Young people, activist citizenship and multivoiced digital stories. In: Vally Lytra; Cristina Ros i Sole; Jim Anderson and Vicky Macleroy, eds. Liberating Language Education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, pp. 255-276. ISBN 9781788927932 [Book Section]

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What happens when young people begin to frame stories from their communities through the lens of a camera? How can critical engagement with digital technology enable young people to construct alternative narratives and capture the languages and voices of their communities? In what ways can digital storytelling contribute to translingual-transcultural learning within global learning networks? In this chapter we look at how the process of digital storytelling is rooted in the community and how communities can be viewed as a ‘space for collective learning, action and change’ (Packham, 2008: 8) and as a space for reciprocity. Transforming personal and cultural stories into a bilingual film pushes young people to imagine other viewpoints, reconceptualise identities, and put across their ideas to a wider audience. As digital storytellers, young people start to think about how the lives of people in their community are understood and how the sharing and shaping of digital stories can be viewed as a political act (Hill, 2014). Young filmmakers are encouraged to engage in a form of activist citizenship (Isin & Neilsen, 2008) opening up new ways to represent and re-imagine their communities and advocate new kinds of citizenship.

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language learning, digital storytelling, activist citizenship, communities, Taiwan

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Educational Studies > Centre for Language, Culture and Learning


4 February 2022Published

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14 Jan 2022 10:01

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28 Feb 2022 02:26


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