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 depleted,ruined, and hopeless. Tuck urges communities to institute a moratorium on damage-centered research to reformulate the ways research is framed and conducted and to reimagine how findings might be used by, for, and with communities.
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Research Article| October 06 2009
Suspending Damage: A Letter to Communities
Harvard Educational Review (2009) 79 (3): 409–428.
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Eve Tuck; Suspending Damage: A Letter to Communities. Harvard Educational Review 1 September 2009; 79 (3): 409–428. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.79.3.n0016675661t3n15
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