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in Girlhood Studies

Arts-based approaches have been used to engage youth in health promotion activism and research in both local and international contexts. The application of art to research as a mode of inquiry has been a means of actively engaging marginalized communities such as youth in the research process in a way that allows them to creatively represent their thoughts and lives, while negotiating their power within the research environment (Wright et al. 2010). In representing their lived experiences, youth are able to name their worlds and challenge dominant culture (including the ways the media represents them) and its inherent power relations (Barndt 2008; Bagnoli 2009). Using art to do this becomes a catalyst for diff erent kinds of knowledge and knowing (Barndt 2008).