Roy on the Meaning of Community

Ananya Roy, professor of urban planning, social welfare and geography, was featured in KCET‘s report about the meaning of community, part of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture’s ongoing series “10 Questions: Centennial Edition.” Community can be built through struggle, often by dismantling systems of oppression, Roy said at the forum. “I urge us to use the term ‘community’ with great caution, and I urge us to use the term ‘solidarity’ with even greater caution,” she said, saying real solidarity demands taking real risks. Roy emphasized the importance of simply showing up and also spoke of the complex power of social media, which can be a force for both “techno-capitalism” and democratization. Despite its potential to exclude, social media “is a key space now in community-making,” she said. Roy appeared with panelists Jennifer Ferro, president of KCRW and a UCLA Luskin Senior Fellow, and Kevin Kane, director of UCLA’s Visual and Performing Arts Education Program.


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