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ERIC Number: ED551884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 275
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-5704-0
Theorizing the Racial and Gendered Educational Experiences of Chicanas and Native American Women at the Ph.D. Level in Higher Education: "Testimonios" of Resistance, Defiance, Survival, and Hope
Cueva, Bert Maria
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
This national case study examines the educational experiences of twenty-one women that self-identified as low-income or working-class Chicanas or Native American women pursuing professoriate degrees in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Forestry, and Education. The case study includes forty-two qualitative "testimonio" interviews that examine how racism, white privilege, and complex power relations affect Chicanas and Native American women at the doctoral level. This case study examines the types, contexts, effects, and responses that the women use to strategically navigate through their doctorates within predominantly white public universities. This case study uses Critical Race Theory (CRT), Chicana Feminism, and a qualitative method of "testimonio" to better understand the educational experiences of Chicanas and Native American women in higher education. CRT allows for an interdisciplinary perspective to examine how racism, white privilege, and complex power relations impact women's educational experiences. Chicana feminism allows me to theorize from the intersectionalities of race, class, and gender, as well as draw from alternative sources of knowledge, such as women's bodies, lived experiences, and cultural intuition. Cultural intuition is shaped by our personal, academic, and professional experiences, as well as our Chicana feminist oriented research practices. The methodological approach of "testimonio" is used to conduct, collect, and analyze forty-one "testimonio" interviews on Chicana and Native American women's educational experiences. "Testimonio" provides a format to document and better understand the effects of racism and race-based trauma through the psychological and physiological implications to women's bodies, minds, and health. Their "testimonios" are significant for educators, researchers, and policy makers to better understand how systematic racism and additional types of oppressive structures within higher education impact Chicanas and Native American women in the 21st Century. The method of "testimonio" allows women to name and reveal the discursive assaults experienced by institutional, social, and political injustices occurring in higher education. The case study includes twenty-one women from predominantly white public universities throughout the United States. Most notably, the case study will contribute to creating interdisciplinary feminist research to better understand Chicanas and Native American women's racial and gendered educational experiences in order to create greater educational opportunities for marginalized women at the level of the professoriate. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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