ERIC Number: EJ1049543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
"Abuelita" Epistemologies: Counteracting Subtractive Schools in American Education
Gonzales, Sandra M.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v14 n1 p40-54 2015
This autoethnographic inquiry examines the intersection of elder epistemology and subtractive education, exploring how one "abuelita" countered her granddaughter's divestment of Mexican-ness. I demonstrate how the grandmother used "abuelita" epistemologies to navigate this tension and resist the assimilative pressures felt by her granddaughter from school by consistently modeling, at home, a love for Mexican language and culture. I argue that grandmothers play a vital role in rooting young people to their linguistic and cultural assets, a sacred function that many Mexican elders have preserved and brought forward from the precontact era in the Americas to the contemporary era.
Descriptors: Epistemology, Ethnography, Inquiry, Modeling (Psychology), Cultural Maintenance, Hispanic American Culture, Mexicans, Family Influence, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Language Minorities, Indigenous Knowledge, Critical Theory, Resistance (Psychology), Cultural Education
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