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ERIC Number: EJ1167104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Positionality and Possibility: Reframing Tactics and Strategies for Graduate Student Community Engagement
Hubrig, Adam; McWain, Katie; Meade, Marcus; Shah, Rachael W.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v24 n1 p93-103 Fall 2017
Drawing on the authors' experiences initiating and directing a community partnership program, this article illustrates how graduate students who lead engagement programs can be caught between forces that pull them toward tactical partnerships unaffiliated with the university and strategic partnerships incorporated into university departments. Conceived as distinct models by philosopher de Certeau (1984) and extended in Mathieu's "Tactics of Hope" (2005), tactics and strategies theorize the impact of integrating with powerful institutions or remaining independent. Using narrative illustrations from their own graduate-founded engagement program, the authors argue that the dichotomous framework of tactics and strategies does not provide the complexity necessary to successfully maneuver within institutional and community dynamics. Instead, tactics and strategies is reconceptualized as the basis of a decision-facilitating heuristic for graduate-student led community initiatives to increase students' agency to navigate institutional forces.
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska (Lincoln); California (San Francisco)
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