ERIC Number: EJ834106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Seeing Possible Futures: Khmer Youth and the Discourse of the American Dream
McGinnis, Theresa A.
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v40 n1 p62-81 Mar 2009
In this article, I add to the critique of the myth of the American Dream by examining ethnographically the ways its dominant discourse is circulated to Khmer American middle school children of migratory agricultural workers. Drawing on social theories of discourse, I juxtapose the ideology embedded in the American Dream Discourse with the complexities of urban immigrant life. By looking at four Khmer students' worldviews and experiences, I provide a nuanced analysis of the complexities involved in the students' responses to the Discourse. The findings challenge the notion of meritocracy and suggest that educators need to investigate their role in supporting and promoting student agency.
Descriptors: Migrant Workers, Agricultural Laborers, Democratic Values, Social Theories, Ethnography, Middle School Students, Immigrants, Discourse Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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