Actually, the proper title is: "Stories from the Edge: Experiences and Expressions of Spirituality in Vulnerable Albertan Youth". Mouthful, eh?
I set out at the beginning of Eastern's Urban Studies program to do my thesis on something related to domestic youth trafficking in Canada. No small task. Seeing as I still have this crazy dream about opening a sanctuary for at-risk youth, a business plan to do just that sounded ideal.
But then I had this wise old (old-ish) professor who reigned me in a bit: "It's a great vision," he said.
"I believe it's of God," he said.
"But did you ever ASK the youth around if they even wanted such a place?"
So I backed up a bit a performed a phenomenological study of local youth and their vulnerabilities, asking how the expressed and experienced spirituality. Colonial power would say that "of course we need such a place!", but relational power would say: "ask the people you want to help first".
So that's exactly what I did.
Here it is in a nutshell. (be gentle!)