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Latina Agency through Narration in Education
Speaking Up on Erasure, Identity, and Schooling

ISBN 9780367151089
Published February 16, 2021 by Routledge
256 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drawing on critical and sociocultural frameworks, this volume presents narrative studies by or about Latinas in which they speak up about issues of identity and education. Using narratives, self-identification stories, and testimonios as theory, methodology, and advocacy, this volume brings together a wide range of Latinx perspectives on education identity, bilingualism, and belonging. The narratives illustrate the various ways erasure and human agency shape the lives and identities of Latinas in the United States from primary school to higher education and beyond, in their schools and communities. Contributors explore how schools and educational institutions can support student agency by adopting a transformative activist stance through curricula, learning contexts, and policies. Chapters contain implications for teaching and come together to showcase the importance of explicit activist efforts to combat erasure and engage in transformative and emancipatory education.

Table of Contents

1. Narrating Erasure, Narrating Agency: Towards a Transformative Activist

Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán

Part 1: Mobilizing Funds of Knowledge and Funds of Identities: Negotiating Bicultural Identities

2. Soy Un Amasamiento: A Critical Self-Narrative on Latina Identity Development

Diana Cordova-Cobo

3. Growing Old/Growing Up Gringa: Negotiating Puertorriqueñidad and Americanism in the Midwest

Maried Rivera Nieves

4. Armonía Con Una Palita De Conflicto: A ‘Latino’ Relationship as Intercultural

Martha Iris Rosas

5. Unearthing el Árbol de Mis Raíces as a First-Generation Graduate Student

Victoria Hernandez

Part 2: Mobilizing Places and Voice: Authoring Linguistic and Academic Identities

6. Reclaiming La Lengua: A Self-Narrative on Language Loss, Learning, and Identity

Marisol Cantú

7. It Takes a Village: Advocating for a Bilingual Student with Dis/Abilities

Elise Holzbauer Cocozzo

8. Teachers’ Mentoring Role, or Lack Thereof, in Latinas’ Erasure of a STEM Identity

Minosca Alcántara

Part 3: Mobilizing Networks of Solidarity: Creating Spaces for Agency

9. Fill a Void to Create New Space: The Narrative and Counternarratives of Zoraida Lopez

Eliza Clark

10. Transgressing Pedagogical Borders of Oppression: A Poblana Mexicana Indígena-Migrante Praxis

Daniela Conde

11. Narratives as Tools for Agency: Teachers and Students as Activists

Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán

Afterword: To Defy Erasure . . .

Patricia Enciso

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Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán is Associate Professor of Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.