ERIC Number: EJ1093866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Reference Count: 33
A Raison D'être for Making a Reggae Opera as a Pedagogical Tool for Psychic Emancipation in (Post)Colonial Jamaica
Bell, Deanne M.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v20 n3 p278-291 2016
Critical participatory action research is a form of community engagement and knowledge generation which, when represented semiotically, may promote social transformation. In this paper, I describe a critical participatory action research project I undertook as a liberation psychologist and researcher in (post)colonial Jamaica. I summarise a narrative psychological portrait of downpressing produced by analysing participant's relationship to state violence using a voice-centred method of analysis. Denied racism and classism are found to dominate the way in which downpressors relate to others they inferiorise. I discuss the raison d'être for animating the psychology of the downpressor in a performance piece, a reggae opera. Such a piece of community art could be a pedagogical tool for psychic emancipation. Finally, I describe challenges and potentials encountered in an effort to forge an aesthetic synthesis among multiple pieces of conscious art.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Music, Popular Culture, Racial Bias, Social Bias, Community Programs, Aesthetics, Community Involvement, Participatory Research, Action Research, Teaching Methods, Social Change, Foreign Policy, Art Products, Interviews, Adults, Violence, Social Class
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica