‘Shooting your voice’: challenging power relations at school through Photovoice

Avy Dwight Hemy, Assaf Meshulam

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Despite the popularity of student voice initiatives, there is ample evidence that they fail to challenge power relations at school or help marginalized students make their voices heard. This paper presents a student voice project based on the Photovoice method. The project was implemented with marginalized youth in an urban high school in Israel. Findings show that students experienced significant improvement in their self-confidence and self-esteem and in their ability to engage in dialogue with the school administration in a way that altered their school life, yet they remained skeptical regarding their ability to change power relations at school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)944-960
Number of pages17
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Photovoice
  • PowerView
  • Student voice
  • critical pedagogy
  • marginalized youth
  • postcolonial theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language


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