Bodies Moving, Creating, Being - The Embodied Encounter With Eastern North Carolina Migrant Farmworker Teens

Royals, Deborah
January 2008
Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2008, p1
Conference Paper
This paper and presentation explores time and space that crosses over and through work with migrant Farmworker teens living in rural North Carolina. Somewhere between a home in Raleigh and the homes of North Carolina Farmworkers, the earth changes color - the earthÂ…like our society collides. This collision begins a performance that belongs to both the world of participant and audience in communities where families live in pitiable conditions, surviving despite all odds - a community where bodies cry, choreograph, resist, accept, press against, acknowledge, hold close, and rupture the anti-immigration rhetoric. This rupture opens a space where opportunity for reflection and epiphany around the human condition, the body and the power of silence - cuts open possibility and experientially performs "change." The paper/presentation concludes with a story about the inter-institutional/community class offering that grew out of this work, its connection to Boalian theory/method and the ways in which theory, ethnography, praxis and community engagement creates shifts critically connected to life, dignity, embodied community participation, choice, solidarity and care for all people. ..PAT.-Unpublished Manuscript


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