Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth

Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth – Lalitha Vasudevan & Tiffany DeJaynes (Co-Editors)
(2013, Peter Lang)

** Proceeds from book sales go to support court-involved youth and the alternative to incarceration and alternative to detention organizations featured in this book. **


In this volume, the aesthetic contours of literacies and communication are explored through a collection of chapters authored by educators, emerging and established researchers, youth researchers, and teaching artists whose lives intersect with those of young people inside and outside of formal institutional settings. At the heart of the varied research and curricular projects – ranging from writing workshops and photography walks to a theater elective at an alternative to incarceration program – represented in this volume is the pursuit of play, imagination, multimodal expression. The authors share their experiences working with court-involved youth to explore issues related to justice, community, identity, and representation through engagement with multiple media and modes – including photography, theater, writing, painting, and video.

Table of Contents

Visible Youth
Glynda A. Hull

Chapter One
Becoming “Not Yet”: Adolescents Making
 and Remaking Themselves in Art-Full Spaces
Lalitha Vasudevan and Tiffany DeJaynes

Chapter Two
Writing with Court-Involved Youth: Exploring the Cultivation 
of Self in an Alternative to Detention Program
Kristine Rodriguez Kerr

Chapter Three
Video Production and Multimodal Play
Melanie Hibbert

Chapter Four
A Memorable Walk: The Negotiation of Identities 
and Participation through Evolving Space
Ahram Park

Chapter Five
Fear, Innocence, Community, and Traditions
Eric Fernandez

Chapter Six
An Art Inquiry into a Young Photographer’s Artworks
Mark Dzula

Chapter Seven
Stage as Street: Representation at the Juncture 
of the Arts and Justice
E. Gabriel Dattatreyan and Daniel Stageman

Chapter Eight
The Path from the Fear-Based World to the Plain of Creation—
A Theatrical Journey of Labor and Identification
Todd Pate

Chapter Nine
New Windows into “Museum Art”: Youth as Contributors 
to Collective Understanding
Olga Hubard

The Art (and Play) of Alternative-to-Incarceration
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

6 thoughts on “Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth

    Lotte Hilder said:
    July 6, 2013 at 2:38 am

    where can i get a copy?

      lalitha responded:
      July 6, 2013 at 4:14 am

      Available later this summer – I’ll update this page with links. Some preliminary info here

      Thanks for your interest!

    Todd Pate said:
    July 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Great to see it out in the world! I was great to be a part. It was such a life changing time of life for me.

    home | telling different stories differently said:
    August 30, 2013 at 12:00 am

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    […]  Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth is a volume edited by YMEJ member Lalitha Vasudevan and Tiffany DeJaynes and brings together a collection of chapters authored by practitioners and researchers who worked with youth in a variety of arts-based and media settings. Central to all of the chapters is an emphasis on how, through exploration with the arts and media, young people involved with the juvenile justice system may be engaged as agentive partners in reimagining education in their lives. Ranging from photography and theater to media making and creative writing, the contexts depicted in this volume hold important implications for educators, the field of youth development, and policy makers in how we might better support young people who find themselves embroiled court-involved — the thoughtful and illustrative writings of the authors suggests that rather than emphasizing punitive measures, we might create conditions in which exploration of self and world may occur in meaningful, collaborative, and potentially transformative ways. […]

    […] Please join us for a discussion of our edited collection, “Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth“ […]

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