Maps & Exhibits

Casually Cursed: Vocalizing experiences around casual discrimination amongst teenagers

Bidya Mishra, Chirag Bansal, Kopal Gangrade

Supervised by Sahil Thappa and Praveen Nahar

National Institute of Design, India

Systemic design is a delicate balance of pull forces from multiple directions, just enough to stretch it to its full potential. This dynamic balance is in itself a form of play, rich with permeable constraints of societal functioning. Complexes of superiority and inferiority incite hierarchical perceptions. Prejudice and Stereotypes build and break identities. The tension between societal conditioning and a free-thinking human mind defines an individual’s privileges or handicaps.

Our key focus is on teenage students who face discrimination in the form of name-calling, jokes and bullying. Casual discrimination almost always ends with the statement, “It was just a joke.”

These jokes rise from normalized stereotypes that become synonymous with a tool of communication. Subsequently, their social well-being gets affected and can potentially turn them into delinquents or victims of suicide in extreme cases. Frequent use of disparagement humour can affect a person psychologically and bring about a drastic change in their self-image and confidence. The roles of stakeholders are often intertwined such that turning into a perpetrator becomes a survival strategy for the victims. Teenagers are often unaware and only become reflective of their actions when they grow up into adults.

Reading casual discrimination amongst teenagers

The visual metaphor of the circus is used to convey the data and insights in order to appeal to our primary stakeholders, who are young teenage students.

The map is divided into three major sections: The central part talks about the interrelation of various stakeholders and shifting power dynamics. The left section is populated with primary and secondary research that supported our systems’ mapping. The right section talks about our Insights and Design Directions.

Flow of each section is from left to right.

Each heading denotes a separate module that can be read independently.

Map: Vocalizing experiences around casual discrimination amongst teenagers

To view the map detail, click the black arrow on the right. You can zoom in from the view on the new tab and explore the whole map. You can also download the full-size map from the new tab.

Posted September 2021
Posted September 2021

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Author(s) (20##). Article title. Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD#) Symposium.