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A Bridge to Alien-Nation: Connecting Through Humanity, Diversity, and Relationships


A Bridge to Alien-Nation: Connecting Through Humanity, Diversity, and Relationships

Yuen, Felice and Context(e, Gabriell (2013) A Bridge to Alien-Nation: Connecting Through Humanity, Diversity, and Relationships. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4 (3). pp. 357-370. ISSN ISSN (online) 1920-7298

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This paper is a reflexive process that considers the practices of mainstream service providers that aim to support marginalized youth but unintentionally result in further oppression. To engage in this deconstructive exercise, we use a poem that was written in response to an activity done at a youth engagement workshop held in Montreal in June 2012. Coupled with existing literature and further reflections of a young person’s experiences with social service providers, we offer recommendations for meaningful and empowering ways to connect with alienated youth. These recommendations emphasize acknowledging the diversity of experiences, developing authentic relationships, and embracing the humanity that unites us all.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
Item Type:Article
Authors:Yuen, Felice and Context(e, Gabriell
Journal or Publication:International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies
Date:July 2013
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
  • Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Concordia University
Keywords:diversity, humanity, poetry, marginalized youth, reflexivity, youth-adult relationships, youth empowerment
ID Code:977455
Deposited By: Rosemary Reilly
Deposited On:22 Jul 2013 14:58
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:44
Additional Information:This Special Issue of the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies focuses on emancipatory approaches to youth engagement and emerges from a two-day workshop hosted by the Applied Human Sciences Department at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec in June 2012. The workshop brought together youth, practitioners, and educators who work with youth in Australia, Finland, the United States, and Canada (including Montreal and other Canadian urban centres) in order to connect around promising practices.


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