“Democracy begins with freedom from hunger, freedom from unemployment, freedom from fear, and freedom from hatred. To me, those are the real freedoms on the basis of which good human societies are based.”
– Vandana Shiva
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr
The quotes above by Vandana Shiva and Martin Luther King Jr, perfectly express the need to understand the multitude of connections between seemingly separate spheres of knowledge and action. This is the focus of this blog – writing the connections between the social, cultural, political, economic, and the multiple ways they affect our lives – the experiences of the world that ‘write’ us – and in the process understanding the operations of power and exploring the possibilities for social and economic justice.
The idea for Writing Skin came from a personal interest in migration (including forced migration) and the official classifications given to different types of migration and migrants. Reality, however, is much messier than official or accepted classifications allow for, with serious consequences for people’s lives. Similarly, people can feel trapped by attempts to define them based on origin, background or circumstances in life; the ‘skin we are in’ can manipulate our experiences of the world.
This is a space to explore this dynamic – the ways beliefs, ideas, perceptions of the world, and lived experiences ‘write’ themselves onto our ‘skins’ (identities/selves/lives); how society, culture, politics, environment, geography, and economics shape our lives. At the same time, the ‘skins’ we find ourselves in can affect our daily interactions and experiences throughout our lives in both positive and negative ways.
This blog is a mix of commentary, discussion and analysis on a range of topics, links to articles, and the occasional creative piece.
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