Connections with Paulo Freire’s legacy in anti-racism media activist collaboration in Finland

Leonardo Custódio, Monica Gathuo

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In this article, we introduce the Finland-based initiative Anti-Racism Media Activist Alliance (ARMA Alliance, 2018-2020). The article presents our ethical-
methodological reflections about the processes of collaboration and dialogue we have experienced as co-founders and coordinators of ARMA Alliance. Our analysis is grounded on our joint retrospective analysis of how the activist-research purposes of ARMA Alliance connect with Paulo Freire’s legacy. Our objective is to contribute to scholarship that problematizes the multi-layered relationship between research and activism in collaborative processes of communication for social change (in our case, against racism). First, we present what the ARMA Alliance initiative means and how it connects with Paulo Freire’s work. Then, we look back at the decolonial insights, cathartic encounters and dialogues that led to the development of the initiative. After that, we reflect about the relationship between collaboration and conscientization. Lastly, we indicate some experiences in putting dialogue and collaboration into practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-158
Number of pages26
JournalCommons. Revista de Comunicación y Ciudadanía Digital
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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