ERIC Number: EJ1078122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Let's Meet in Nepantla: The Possibility of Thirdspace as a Place "Others" Call Home
Chávez, Minerva S.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v14 n4 p336-344 2015
This autoethnography posits that my presence as a working-class Chicana obtaining an education in the United States consequently created a Thirdspace environment I recognize as Nepantla. Thirdspace allowed me to navigate urban schooling and elite institutions of higher education. Two narratives demonstrate opposing forms of acquired dominant and nondominant forms of cultural capital to interrogate the value of Thirdspace when considering unique knowledge generated by an insider along the margins. This article articulates that strategic construction of bridges into Nepantla may assist Latino students to successfully navigate the schooling experience and offer the potential to reframe educational discourse.
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Ethnography, Working Class, Personal Narratives, Educational Experience, Hispanic American Students, Student Adjustment, Higher Education, Social Characteristics, Social Influences, Identification (Psychology), Social Attitudes, Phenomenology
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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