ERIC Number: ED456948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Theorizing Justice in Chicano Families. JSRI Occasional Paper No. 43. Latino Studies Series.
Flores-Ortiz, Yvette G.
This paper draws on psychological research and clinical practice to outline the social and familial context of injustice in Chicano families. The forces that promote social injustice create imbalances of power within the family wherein strategies of disconnection and oppression replace familial cultural ideals, resulting in domestic violence and abuse of women and children. For Chicanos, the narrative of conquest and disempowerment has become a dominant story with three main themes: woman as treacherous, man as disempowered and out of control, and woman as protector and nurturer of men. This dominant story of victimization has the power to shape lives and create self-blame. Chicanas and Chicanos must engage in open dialogue about the pyramid of oppression and rename the story as one of survival in the face of tyranny. Strategies for facilitating the journey to healing include using humor, fostering self-pride, and instilling determination and hope in children and each other. Chicanos must reconnect to their past, not to reify or romanticize it but to identify mechanisms of oppression, rescue the silent history, identify strategies of connection that are culturally congruent, and exorcise injustice. Spirituality, sharing stories, reclaiming cultural ways and knowledge, and naming injustice are essential steps in healing the effects of oppression. Chicano psychologists and scholars must promote justice and challenge injustice in their research, pedagogy, and lived practice. (Contains 24 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Battered Women, Colonialism, Family Violence, Justice, Mexican Americans, Power Structure, Psychological Patterns, Racial Discrimination, Self Concept, Sex Stereotypes, Sexual Abuse
For full text: http://www.jsri.msu.edu/RandS/research/ops/oc43abs.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Julian Samora Research Inst.