Love and Basketball
At the heart of this project are the researchers\’ empirical efforts to understand more fully how the workings of privilege are revealed through the practices and meanings behind global citizenship education within elite schooling contexts. But the researchers did not cast their gaze only toward others in their critical inquiry of privilege. As members of an elite community, they are, to varying degrees, themselves part of a privileged group. Their efforts to further develop a critical awareness of their own understandings are also central to this project. In the following film, this process of researching and teaching privilege is investigated through the involvement of the men\’s basketball team at Colby.
Transforming Privilege: The Dilemmas in Comics
In the process of teaching and researching privilege, it is important to interrogate and possibly even disrupt the researcher’s/teacher’s self-understandings. However, there are often dilemmas that arise from researching privilege. In the following comics, student researcher, Alex Dorion, explores these dilemmas. Students that come into the research often struggle to change their perceptions on their advantages because of the all their prior knowledge. Their baggage must be unpacked in order to transform their understandings. Likewise, after exploring privilege through social justice work, it is easy to push these understandings into different categories and not make connections between their life and what they’re researching. In these comics, try to make your own connections and interpretations allowing yourself to reflect upon your own self-understandings about privilege.