Social Justice, Guerrilla Geography, and Place-Hacking the C3 Framework

Authors: Thomas Larsen*, Kansas State University, Lisa Millsaps*, University of Northern Iowa
Topics: Geography Education, Human Rights, Social Geography
Keywords: social justice, place, guerrilla geography, geography education, C3
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Proteus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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How do educators advance the Geography of Civil Rights Movements theme beyond 2017 Geography Awareness Week (GAW)? We present the idea of place-hacking the C3 Framework. From a geographic perspective, the C3 Framework engages students with compelling questions to understand how the line between liberty and responsibility changes from place to place. Originally derived from the urban exploration (UE) movement, place-hacking is an unconventional form of exploring the forbidden, derelict, and oddities of city environments. We recast place-hacking as an opportunity for K-12 students and educators to consider social justice issues while transcending the often-placeless confines of the classroom. One example of place-hacking and education has spread throughout the United Kingdom in the form of Daniel Raven-Ellison’s guerrilla geography, The Geography Collective, and "Mission:Explore!" publications. We situate the concept of place-hacking within the context of the social studies classroom by combining C3 with guerrilla geography. We demonstrate ways for educators to integrate guerrilla geography while teaching social justice with the C3 Framework.

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