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ERIC Number: EJ769256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Making Space for Those Unruly Women of Color
Chacon, RosaMaria
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v28 n3-4 p381-393 Dec 2006
This article describes the author's concerns, as a brand new teacher, about competence and failure which manifested themselves in a focus on the body. It discusses the effects of diversity among teachers and students. While the author's fears corresponded to the situation, given that she would be subject to the specific and often intense gaze of young people, the far more complicated reality was that her concerns should have been directed at the circumscribed parameters of the raced, gendered body. Here, she describes her experience of the complexities of teaching, when she taught Chicano literature, as someone with a body that is doubly (and perhaps triply) marked by identity signifiers: female, Mexican American, and lesbian. In looking for the knowledgeable, the professional, the competent body, students most often look for the male body, the white body at the front of the classroom. Increasing the mindfulness of both the students and the teachers about the ways in which the teaching body is mapped will be accomplished by the day-to-day negotiation of the classroom (a chipping away of sorts), increasing the number of bodies that are perceived as excess in the classroom, and augmenting university support for those bodies caught in a liminal space ahead of the curve. Although there are no easy solutions--no special elixirs, one must attempt to seek out the potential spaces of dissonance and insert a productive line of inquiry. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States