ERIC Number: EJ786811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Identity Production in Figured Worlds: How Some Mexican Americans become Chicana/o Activist Educators
Urrieta, Luis, Jr.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v39 n2 p117-144 Jun 2007
Using Holland, Lachicotte, Skinner, and Cain's (1998) theory of identity and their concept of figured worlds, this article provides an overview of how twenty-four Mexican Americans came to produce Chicana/o Activist Educator identities. The desire to raise consciousness (teach for social justice "pero con ganas") and "give back to the [their] community" became a very important part of this identity. Using an ethnographic interview as well as a life history interview methodology, this article specifically focuses on the participants' conceptual and procedural identity production in local Chicana/o activist figured worlds (usually in colleges and universities). In these local figured worlds, the participants produced a more complex process of identity production that was both conceptual and procedural. The article concludes with broad implications for urban teacher education.
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Urban Education, Self Concept, Racial Identification, Activism, Teacher Educator Education, Consciousness Raising, Social Justice, Interviews, Ethnography, Participant Characteristics, Concept Formation
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