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- DescriptionCombining approaches from anthropology and cultural studies, Working from Within examines how issues of identity, agency, and social movements shape the lives of Chicana and Chica activist educators in U.S. schools. Luis Urrieta Jr. skillfully utilizes the cultural concepts of positioning, figured worlds, and self-authorship, along with Chica Studies and Chicana feminist frameworks, to tell the story of twenty-four Mexican Americans who have successfully navigated school systems as students and later as activist educators. Working from Within is one of the first books to show how identity is linked to agency individually and collectively for Chicanas and Chicas in education. Urrieta set out to answer linked questions: How do Chicanas and Chicas negotiate identity, ideology, and activism within educational institutions that are often socially, culturally, linguistically, emotionally, and psychologically alienating? Analyzing in-depth interviews with twenty-four educators, Urrieta offers vivid narratives that show how activist identities are culturally produced through daily negotiations. Urrietas work details the struggles of activist Chicana and Chica educators to raise consciousness in a wide range of educational settings, from elementary schools to colleges. Overall, Urrieta addresses important questions about what it means to work for social justice from within institutions, and he explores the dialogic spaces between the alternatives of reproduction and resistance. In doing so, he highlights the continuity of Chicana and Chica social movement, the relevance of gender, and the importance of autochthous frameworks in understanding contemporary activism. Finally, he shows that it is possible for mirity activist educators to thrive in a variety of institutional settings while maintaining strong ties to their communities.
- Author BiographyLuis Urrieta Jr. is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Urrieta s research revolves around issues of identity, agency, and social movements in education with a strong focus on Chicana and Chicano and indigena education, identities and activism, and more recently on U.S.--Mexico migration issues. Dr. Urrieta was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is the son of Mexican immigrants.
- Author(s)Luis Urrieta
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication15/06/2009
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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