Posted by: unhcragd | November 2, 2009

The Colonizing Discourse of the “Other”


Howard Zehr, Restorative Justice Pioneer and Photographer

Colleague, friend and restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr says reducing social distance and “othering” increases opportunity for empathy, accountability and dialogue. Great concepts to keep in mind as we think about participatory assessment.

Only by creating social distance from the other can we cause harm. Only when the one being punished is socially distant, the other, can we punish so severely. Only by “othering” the “enemy” can we make war.

Click here for Zehr’s full blogpost which deals with how we research, photograph as well as relate to each other one-on-one.

Click here for a video on othering when we talk about Africa.

Click here for a video about the danger of a single story.



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