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Victoria Restler & Wendy Luttrell

In: The SAGE Handbook of Youth Work Practice

Chapter 33: Gaze Interrupted: Speaking Back to Stigma with Visual Research

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Gaze Interrupted: Speaking Back to Stigma with Visual Research
Gaze Interrupted: Speaking Back to Stigma with Visual Research
Victoria Restler Wendy Luttrell
Introduction

Foucault’s analysis of surveillance and the disciplinary force of the gaze has inspired a generation of scholars (ourselves included) to examine how ideas about power and subordination get under young people’s skin and inside their hearts. The ‘inspecting gaze’ as he describes it, is expressed through institutionalized arrangements, practices and discourses through which our ‘very eyesight [is] pressed into service as a mode of social control’ (Wexler, 2000, 5). But there is another side to how young people see, look back, confront, and create new images. This chapter engages the resistive politics of what Mirzoeff (2011) calls, ...

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