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ERIC Number: EJ1039668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Identity Production in Figured Worlds: How Some Multiracial Students become Racial Atravesados/as
Chang, Aurora
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v46 n1 p25-46 Mar 2014
Using Holland et al.'s ("Identity and agency in cultural worlds," Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1998) theory of identity and their concept of figured worlds, this article provides an overview of how twenty-five undergraduates of color came to produce a Multiracial identity. Using Critical Race Theory methodology with ethnographic interviewing as the primary method, I specifically focus on the ways in which Multiracial figured worlds operate within a racial borderland (AnzaldĂșa in "Borderlands: La Frontera--The New Mestiza," Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, 1987), an alternate, marginal world where improvisational play (Holland et al. in Identity and agency in cultural worlds, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1998) and "facultad" became critical elements of survival. Participants exercised their agency by perforating monoracial storylines and developed a complex process of identity production that informed their behaviors by a multifaceted negotiation of positionalities. I end by focusing on implications for urban education that can be drawn from this study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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