Chapter 6 “Why Do I Live Here?”

Using Identity Mapping to Explore Embodied Experiences of Racialization

In: (Re)Mapping Migration and Education
Authors:
Reva Jaffe-Walter
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Iram Khawaja
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Abstract

In this chapter, we turn to young people as producers of social and affective knowledge who teach us about power, race, and identity, and offer insights into rethinking the boundaries of nation and belonging. We explore identity mapping as a qualitative methodology that amplifies the voices, ideas, and imaginations of immigrant youth to consider how processes of racialization are experienced in this moment of extreme xenophobia and nationalism. Sharing our experiences of using visual mapping in focus groups with immigrant youth in Denmark across two separate studies, we explore how identity mapping fosters a sharing of young people’s embodied and affective experiences in ways that open up transformative spaces of solidarity and learning.

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