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Affirmative pedagogies. Pablo Cortés. ECER 2013, Istanbul

This is a presentation about a narrative research in Palma Palmilla, a disadvantage neighborhood in Málaga, by Pablo Cortés. It has been presented in Istanbul, as a part of the contributions of the ECER2013.

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Affirmative pedagogies. Pablo Cortés. ECER 2013, Istanbul

  1. 1. Affirmative Pedagogies: Living and coexisting in a disadvantaged neighborhood Pablo Cortés González Universidad de Málaga pcortes@uma.es @temerel ECER 2013: ISTANBUL EERA Network: 05. Children andYouth at Risk and Urban Education 05 SES 08: Preventing Early School Leaving and Affirmative Pedagogies.
  2. 2. PRELIMINARY  Trajectory of Narrative Research  THEWINK OF POSSIBILITY,THE SMILE OF CHANGE: Pedagogical study of resilience Identity in situations of social, cultural and legal disadvantage ◦ Ethnographic phase. ◦ Semi’s Life History.
  3. 3. Some key elements to consider  Palma Palmilla District  Association of Integration of Palma Palmilla ◦ Researching and volunteering ◦ The CBV  Development of action groups in Palma Palmilla and resources for the social agents.
  4. 4. Some concepts to become aware of  Subjectivity and Identity  Empowerment as a possibility  Collaboration to achieve positive results
  5. 5. From the analysis towards interpretation  Semi’s Life Story - Family, friends and local context -Socio-Cultural Incorporations  Tangible incorporation  Incorporation of a reputation (respect and identity)  Normalisation of a criminal lifestyle  Milestones that generated extra incorporations (detentions)  Innate Problems (Conflicts) - Interpretations by narrating -The change (resilience process)
  6. 6. Building a Pedagogical Resilience Perspective of actions and thoughts Cortés, P. (2013)
  7. 7. Aspects on the praxis (Semi’s voice)  Possibility At that time all of us needed a lot of support and help in order to have a range of posibilities, as Chule says. I tryed to make blunders so as to be thrown out of the organisation all the time, but I can’t find them. One of the things that keeps me here is when i make a mistake, they keep letting me off.And not only with me, for everyone. I had to demostrate to him that he did not make a mistake when he trusted me, I will try to behave properly. I begun to feel better in myself. I know myself, I know that I am a worthy person but I have lost a lot in my life.Actually I have not lost myself completly because I can say ‘who will take me away from my old life?’ (positive and negative experiences) I learnt a lot on how to survive on the streets. I have lost a lot because of the shit but moreover it gave me a knowledge in relation to how to quit it. I had so much hatred and I didn’t want to continue with this.
  8. 8.  Refraction Before I entered the house, I saw how Chule was a total street guy, a drug addict and suddenly for many years I saw him completly changed. I thought he had gone mad.Then, after some years, I didn’t know the Casa de la BuenaVida, but the way he told me come with us had an impact on me. I was thinking, I am not his family or whatever and he tried to help me, he gave me a helping hand. He has a great deal of experience in these matters and for this reason he knows what everyone needs. I saw his insistence but I used to run away and when they found me out, I was high and carrying drugs with me… but they continued looking for me. All that gives me the strength and power to continue, it is as I have left this hole I could help more and more people. It is therapy for me but It is also good for others, I want to continue helping people. Now It is when I am living happy, quite and helping the others.Although I have changed my life, I am good at doing this. In fact, I am a social agent, I can help a lot of people. I am here and this is all I want to do.
  9. 9.  Responsability And when I started with the project ‘against failure school’, Chule used to say to me that my penalty is to drive all the kids to schools.And myself I thought… look at him, he beleives it is a penalty, but actually this is what i want to do… he knows I need it. It was hard but I was so motivated. This project (the path towards the school) helped me a lot. Not only with my children, but with all the kids of the community. I am looking forward to seeing the Palmilla kids, that are the future, with something else, something better that I have ever had.
  10. 10. Last comments  The struggle for dignity and happiness.  Institutions, structures and daily acts.  Affirmative Pedagogies.
  11. 11. Affirmative Pedagogies: Living and coexisting in a disadvantaged neighborhood (the case of Semi) Pablo Cortés González Universidad de Málaga pcortes@uma.es @temerel Thanks! Questions and comments…ECER 2013: ISTANBUL EERA Network: 05. Children andYouth at Risk and Urban Education 05 SES 08: Preventing Early School Leaving and Affirmative Pedagogies.

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