Travellers in Time: A Critical Dialogue with the Gypsy Travellers of Lancashire

Melling, lethea orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-3133-5367 and Ali, Yasmeen (2015) Travellers in Time: A Critical Dialogue with the Gypsy Travellers of Lancashire. In: Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy. Counterpoints (500). Peter Lang, New York, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9781454196501

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The Traveller Communities of Lancashire are predominantly Romany and Irish. Their culture and language are oral rather than written. This not only limits the communities’ ability to access services, but also limits their ability to articulate their views and to understand their rights. This chapter seeks to explore how Freire’s pedagogy and the rich and colourful Traveller tradition of storytelling can be used successfully to engage the Traveller community in the production of a creative yet critical monologue which will facilitate not just ‘reading’, but reading their own reality and the development of a hopeful praxis. Moreover, it explores how the act of dialogue is an act of sharing a gift, the gift of education. In this chapter, we discuss how a group of undergraduates formed a learning community with the Travellers and how this became a vehicle for a new knowledge, leading to understanding, trust and respect.

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