ERIC Number: EJ1111124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Will You Stand for Me? Authentic Cariño and Transformative Rites of Passage in an Urban High School
Curry, Marnie W.
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n4 p883-918 Aug 2016
This case study documents a small, urban high school that implements firewalks, innovative rites of passage in which low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse youth publicly reflect on their personal and academic development. Drawing from anthropological scholarship on rites of passage and scholarship on color-conscious care, I examine firewalks through a model of authentic cariño, which incorporates interpersonal and institutional care and emphasizes the dynamic interplay of familial, intellectual, and critical care. Based on analyses of school culture and firewalk enactment, I argue that authentic cariño is essential to nondominant students' success and that rituals like firewalks productively help youth negotiate emergent cultural identities and develop collective social conscience, reflexivity, and agency.
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Low Income, Cultural Pluralism, Academic Achievement, Self Concept, School Culture, Anthropology, Urban Schools, High School Students, Social Justice, Hispanic American Students, Caring, Educational Practices, Check Lists, Speeches, Change Agents, Case Studies, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
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