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"The power of the poem": using poetic inquiry to explore trans-identities in Namibia

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-29T08:15:40Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-29T08:15:40Z
dc.date.issued 2020-08-20 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15384
dc.description.abstract Researchers exploring sensitive topics need to identify appropriate methodologies to encourage open expression. We used poetic inquiry to explore the lived realities of transwomen in Namibia, a socially marginalised group globally. We conducted two focus group discussions with 15 transwomen and developed found poems. The poems captured issues of identity and belonging and illustrated the transwomens journeys of self-acceptance, experiences of violence, rejection, agency and relationships. In order to enhance participant voice and enrich the poems, they were shared with some transwomen in a feedback and reflection session. This article unpacks this collaborative poetics approach. We share selected poems, explore their impact on participants, and discuss how this engagement with the poetry allowed for deeper discussion of participants experiences. The collaboration around the poems allowed researchers and participants to find new ways to explore and address issues of discrimination and marginalization, and to actively engage larger and more diverse audiences. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en
dc.subject SEXUAL ORIENTATION en
dc.subject POEMS en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.subject NAMIBIA en
dc.subject TRANSGENDER en
dc.subject IDENTITY en
dc.title "The power of the poem": using poetic inquiry to explore trans-identities in Namibia en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume August en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Capabilities en
dc.ResearchGroup Impact Centre en
dc.SourceTitle Arts & Health en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11503 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10652 en
dc.bibliographictitle Van Rooyen, H., Essack, Z., Mahali, A., Groenewald, C. & Solomons, A. (2020) "The power of the poem": using poetic inquiry to explore trans-identities in Namibia . <i>Arts & Health</i>. August:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Van Rooyen, H. en
dc.contributor.author2 Essack, Z. en
dc.contributor.author3 Mahali, A. en
dc.contributor.author4 Groenewald, C. en
dc.contributor.author5 Solomons, A. en


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