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ERIC Number: EJ944552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
Narratives in Teaching and Research for Justice and Human Rights
Osler, Audrey; Zhu, Juanjuan
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v6 n3 p223-235 Nov 2011
Throughout history individual and collective narratives have been used in struggles for justice. We draw on Sen's theory of justice to examine the potential of narratives in teaching and researching for social justice. Human rights are presented as powerful ethical claims that can be critically examined by learners to consider their rights and responsibilities to others, at scales from the local to the global. One life history is used as an illustrative example to examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and its possible meanings for learners in China and globally. This article discusses the strengths and limitations of narratives as research and pedagogical tools in understanding justice, human rights and inequalities; in stimulating solidarity and our common humanity; and in enabling learners to explore their multiple identities. We conclude by making the case for human rights as principles for learning and living together in overlapping communities of fate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China