Suspending Damage: A Letter to Communities

  title={Suspending Damage: A Letter to Communities},
  author={Eve Tuck},
  journal={Harvard Educational Review},
  • Eve Tuck
  • Published 6 October 2009
  • Political Science
  • Harvard Educational Review
In this open letter, Eve Tuck calls on communities, researchers, and educators to reconsider the long-term impact of "damage-centered" research—research that intends to document peoples' pain and brokenness to hold those in power accountable for their oppression. This kind of research operates with a flawed theory of change: it is often used to leverage reparations or resources for marginalized communities yet simultaneously reinforces and reinscribes a one-dimensional notion of these people as… 

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