Humanization in narrative
Essential Questions: How does narrative work to either humanize or dehumanize individuals and/or groups of people in society? What role does counter-narrative play in challenging dehumanization and oppression?
Big Ideas: Dehumanization can lead to oppression and hegemony. Humanization can foster social justice and liberation. Master narratives can have to power to deny a group’s identity and agency. Counter-narratives can be a humanizing and empowering process of marginalized people which validates their identity. Our own lives and experiences can be important stories to study and are vital to making transformative, positive change in our community. Telling and re-telling our stories is an act of counter-narrative.