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ERIC Number: EJ815403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
"'Confianza' Is Where I Can Be Myself": Latina Mothers' Constructions of Community in Education Reform
Dyrness, Andrea
Ethnography and Education, v2 n2 p257-271 Jun 2007
This paper brings together ethnographic data and testimonies from a group of Latina mother activists with critical race theories, to challenge dominant views of home-school relations and re-envision the "homeplace" as a site of radical resistance (Hooks (1990) "Yearning: race, gender and cultural politics" (Boston, MA, South End Press)). Madres Unidas (Mothers United) is a participatory research team made up of immigrant mothers who helped start a new small school for their children. Over the course of a year, Madres Unidas met weekly around a kitchen table in one of the mother's homes. This paper analyzes the educational space created by Madres Unidas in contrast to the spaces for parent participation provided by the school. For the mothers in Madres Unidas, the home became a place to restore their sense of self and a place from which to critique, engage, and take action against school practices that silenced them. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California