Gubrium publishes on strategic authenticity and voice through digital storytelling

Jun 05 2014

Associate Professor of Community Health Education Aline Gubrium is the lead author of a paper recently published in the journal Sexuality Research & Social Policy. Titled “Strategic authenticity and voice: New ways of seeing and being seen as young mothers through digital storytelling,” the journal article presents findings from Gubrium and colleagues’ Ford Foundation-funded “Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice” project. The article can be found online here.

The “Hear Our Stories” project explores the subjective experience of structural violence and the ways young parenting Latinas embody and respond to these experiences through the medium of digital storytelling. The researchers offer a practical road map for empowering and giving voice to these young women. They also present the context and method behind the four digital storytelling workshops that served as a venue for transforming assumptions about young parenting women and producing novel understandings of teen pregnancy and parenting. Gubrium and colleagues provide suggestions for an intervention based on what they refer to as “strategic authenticity” as it plays out in storytelling, meaning making, and voice, and implications for policy concerned with social justice and equity.

The young women shared these digital stories at a public event held recently in Holyoke, MA. Read here for a related article on that event.