On the Limits of Digital Storytelling as a Participatory Community-Engaged Methodology

Linnea Kristina Beckett


Digital storytelling has been heralded as a powerful and transformative participatory tool for practitioners of community-engaged scholarship. This article draws from an ethnographic case study of Adelante, a university-community collaborative that used digital stories as part of their efforts to enact school and community change. The article explores Adelante’s utilization of digital storytelling and explores important ethical considerations related to the dissemination of the stories. The discussion focuses on broader implications for social science researchers interested in digital storytelling and participatory community-engaged methods.


Community-engaged participatory methodologies, digital storytelling, ethics, mediation, representation

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