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Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: introduction
Cultural Work
The African American Church as a Free Space
Independent Living As a Discursive Community
Chapter 2: Cultural Work, Free Space, and empowerment
Culture and the Cultural Worker
The Cultural Worker
Free Space and the Discursive Community
Power and Empowerment
Creatvity
The Creatvity of Cultural Work
Refectve Practce
Repertoire Constructon of Free Spaces
Empowerment from Cultural Legacy
Cultural Work and the “hooks/West” Method
Chapter 3: Cultural Work and the Methods of Walk into Your Season
Drawing from the “hooks/West” Method
Tacit Knowledge and Cultural Work
Frame Analysis
Structured Refecton: Focus Groups
Chapter 4: Describing the Walk into Your Season events
Chapter 5: Cultural Work and Creativity
Church Group
Social Work Group
Can the Historical Role of Free Spaces Be Renewed or Created?
Observatons
The Principles of a Cultural Worker
Shortcomings of the Methodology
Areas for Further Research
Cultural Work and Social Networks
Cultural Work, Courage, and Refecton-in-Actvism
Conclusion
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Walk into Your Season

Walk into Your Season

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The significance of “Walk into Your Season” is that it ponders whether a cultural worker can renew the role of free spaces of empowerment to address power differentials utilizing key contributors such as the traditions and language of a culture; the cultural worker’s potential to facilitate action and transformation; and the intentional effort to make the hidden transcript of resistance public. By illustrating how free spaces are effective in discursive communities affected by the aftermath of historical dominance and still vulnerable to the ploys of power, “Walk into Your Season” illustrates cultural work in two different settings, one with a history of free spaces (Thirty First Street Baptist Church) and one without a history of free spaces (older youth transitioning from foster care in the Richmond Department of Social Services).

By uniting a group’s words, narrative(s), images, visual art, music, film, and other cultural legacies of voice in an effort to inform and inspire individual and collective transformation, cultural work creates a repertoire that exposes empowering features of the group’s free spaces. Tacit knowing, reflective practice, and creativity, that is, the artistic, tacit, intuitive processes that practitioners bring to situations of problem solving are explored.

Cultural work as repertoire building and creating free space is central to democratic progress and important due to its work in (1) identifying, engaging, and illuminating, the empowering features of free space (2) discerning the gaps between reality and the democratic ideal, (3) facilitating a creative space in which recognized gaps can be explored, (4) building a repertoire that empowers individually and collectively through renewal and initiation, (5) making hidden transcripts public when appropriate, and (6) celebrating the emergent creative repertoire in the community. A set of principles for effective cultural work is revealed.
The significance of “Walk into Your Season” is that it ponders whether a cultural worker can renew the role of free spaces of empowerment to address power differentials utilizing key contributors such as the traditions and language of a culture; the cultural worker’s potential to facilitate action and transformation; and the intentional effort to make the hidden transcript of resistance public. By illustrating how free spaces are effective in discursive communities affected by the aftermath of historical dominance and still vulnerable to the ploys of power, “Walk into Your Season” illustrates cultural work in two different settings, one with a history of free spaces (Thirty First Street Baptist Church) and one without a history of free spaces (older youth transitioning from foster care in the Richmond Department of Social Services).

By uniting a group’s words, narrative(s), images, visual art, music, film, and other cultural legacies of voice in an effort to inform and inspire individual and collective transformation, cultural work creates a repertoire that exposes empowering features of the group’s free spaces. Tacit knowing, reflective practice, and creativity, that is, the artistic, tacit, intuitive processes that practitioners bring to situations of problem solving are explored.

Cultural work as repertoire building and creating free space is central to democratic progress and important due to its work in (1) identifying, engaging, and illuminating, the empowering features of free space (2) discerning the gaps between reality and the democratic ideal, (3) facilitating a creative space in which recognized gaps can be explored, (4) building a repertoire that empowers individually and collectively through renewal and initiation, (5) making hidden transcripts public when appropriate, and (6) celebrating the emergent creative repertoire in the community. A set of principles for effective cultural work is revealed.

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