1st Edition

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

Edited By Carmen M. Martinez-Roldan Copyright 2021
    256 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.

    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


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