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Safe Space Praxis: How Our Theory of Safe Space Shapes our Teaching Practice

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This paper will interrogate the meaning of safe space and the impacts safe space theories have on practice. Safe space and the assertion that a space must be safe are political and politicized. Safe space is political in that it suggests that other spaces are not safe, and how these borders are drawn between” safe” and “not safe” highlight questions of power: who or what ideas and institutions hold power, why, and how do we propose to manage or disrupt this power through the creation of safe space? Safe space is inherently politicized in these discussions of power and further in public spheres where, despite its connection to issues of power, popular discussion of safe space are often devoid of a critical engagement with power. What really is a safe space? Who is it for? Who can create safe space? Where can be a safe space? What processes are involved in its creation? Engaging these questions through the lens of power relations opens up the complexities of safe space and highlights the inadequacy of approaches which assume safety is in the comfort of the beholder. Through my research and practice in safe spaces, I have found that safe space is not always an appropriate metaphor and that, rather, we need a process of questioning our intentions around who is the space for, what is the space for, and how are people in the space expected to conceptualize and manage power relations.
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Paré, Dylan. "Safe Space Praxis: How Our Theory of Safe Space Shapes our Teaching Practice" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, Aug 12, 2017 <Not Available>. 2018-07-04 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1253865_index.html>

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Paré, D. , 2017-08-12 "Safe Space Praxis: How Our Theory of Safe Space Shapes our Teaching Practice" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada Online <PDF>. 2018-07-04 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1253865_index.html

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Abstract: This paper will interrogate the meaning of safe space and the impacts safe space theories have on practice. Safe space and the assertion that a space must be safe are political and politicized. Safe space is political in that it suggests that other spaces are not safe, and how these borders are drawn between” safe” and “not safe” highlight questions of power: who or what ideas and institutions hold power, why, and how do we propose to manage or disrupt this power through the creation of safe space? Safe space is inherently politicized in these discussions of power and further in public spheres where, despite its connection to issues of power, popular discussion of safe space are often devoid of a critical engagement with power. What really is a safe space? Who is it for? Who can create safe space? Where can be a safe space? What processes are involved in its creation? Engaging these questions through the lens of power relations opens up the complexities of safe space and highlights the inadequacy of approaches which assume safety is in the comfort of the beholder. Through my research and practice in safe spaces, I have found that safe space is not always an appropriate metaphor and that, rather, we need a process of questioning our intentions around who is the space for, what is the space for, and how are people in the space expected to conceptualize and manage power relations.


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