Mapping Visual Cultural Narratives to Explore Adolescents’ Identities

  • Fernando Hernández


By using the notion of ‘geographies’ as a metaphor to represent the variability and mobility of people’s positions involved in processes of social change, in this chapter I will explore how visual cultural narratives are contributing to drawing and establishing adolescents’ identities. We particularly pay attention to these narratives related to visual popular culture because, as several authors (Giroux, Buckingham, Steimberg and Kincheloe) have noticed, they contribute to building a cultural pedagogy that is opposite, in many ways, to school pedagogy. Besides this consideration there is an emerging stream in the study of educational changes that claims to give more relevance and recognition to the subjects’ biographies and self-narratives. This relevance could be used as strategy to understand how school changes take place (or not) and to give more space to adolescents’ positions (making explicit their personal stories) into school innovations.


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