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In: Adult Education, Museums and Art Galleries
In: Adult Education, Museums and Art Galleries
Chapter 4 Transition to Adulthood
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In: Doing Critical and Creative Research in Adult Education
Chapter 6 Signs Images Words from 1968


Through interrogation using shared autobiographical writings, juxtaposed with hegemonic societal narratives, the authors move between the past and the present using duoethnography to interrogate grand historical narratives from a critical feminist perspective. They revisit an exhibition designed to highlight historical events from 50 years ago, considering ways in which women are represented, reacting to the historical purported objective tone used to provide background about the events that evoke neither reflection or action. They uncover gaps between the stories told in the exhibition, between their memories and exhibition representations, and also generational gaps in understanding and experience. Their exploration of various scripto-visual texts and the ways in which they were represented in the exhibition illuminated for the authors the ways in which representation shapes how and what is learned.

In: Feminist Critique and the Museum
This book explores how narratives are deeply embodied, engaging heart, soul, as well as mind, through varying adult learner perspectives. Biographical research is not an isolated, individual, solipsistic endeavor but shaped by larger ecological interactions – in families, schools, universities, communities, societies, and networks – that can create or destroy hope.

Telling or listening to life stories celebrates complexity, messiness, and the rich potential of learning lives. The narratives in this book highlight the rapid disruption of sustainable ecologies, not only ‘natural’, physical, and biological, but also psychological, economic, relational, political, educational, cultural, and ethical. Yet, despite living in a precarious, and often frightening, liquid world, biographical research can both chronicle and illuminate how resources of hope are created in deeper, aesthetically satisfying ways. Biographical research offers insights, and even signposts, to understand and transcend the darker side of the human condition, alongside its inspirations.

Discourses, Dialogue and Diversity in Biographical Research aims to generate insight into people’s fears and anxieties but also their capacity to 'keep on keeping on' and to challenge forces that would diminish their and all our humanity. It provides a sustainable approach to creating sufficient hope in individuals and communities by showing how building meaningful dialogue, grounded in social justice, can create good enough experiences of togetherness across difference. The book illuminates what amounts to an ecology of life, learning and human flourishing in a sometimes tortured, fractious, fragmented, and fragile world, yet one still offering rich resources of hope.