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ERIC Number: EJ1111124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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