Exploring the Origins of Photovoice
Imagine you’re an academic in South America, around the 1950’s or 60’s. It’s a pretty exciting time to be an academic. With the Cold War in full swing the world has become a battleground of ideas, and you are on the front lines.
You’ve just come out of university in the capital, but now eagerly leave the city and head out into the rural villages. You’re excited to spread these new ideas- workers rights, community organizing, the history of colonialism, the latest economic practices, new agricultural techniques- but when you finally reach the village, you realize that these farmers and villagers aren’t quite what you expected. Sure, they find your ideas interesting- but they have their own knowledge. They have experiences, they have wisdom, and they have an intimate understanding of their society that you totally lack. As an academic, you immediately decide that this type of knowledge needs a name, so you call it vivencia. Read more