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ERIC Number: EJ857665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
From Chicano/a to Xicana/o--Critical Activist Teaching Revisited
Rios, Francisco
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n6 p54-60 Feb 2009
In this article, the author explores the development of a continuum of identities, which range from Chicano/a to Xicana/o. The former is rooted in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s, while the latter has its roots in the transnational, globalized, and neoliberal policies of the early 21st Century. The author highlights how these two identity movements came out of (and, in a reciprocal way, influenced) the social and political moments of their times and also how each has implications for identity, ideology and issues, and imagination toward the development of a critical consciousness. He also shows how these identities, ideologies and issues, and imaginations can serve as a frame for the kinds of praxis one can engage in when committed to social justice. Because identity and position impact how one teaches multicultural education, and because many Xicana/o educators see their identity and ideology both similar to but different from Chicano/a educators of an earlier generation, pedagogical pursuits for activism may be different. In sum, this article intends to move from the politics of identity to the politics of critical thinking, from a distinctly Mexican American version of ("old school") Chicanismo to a more contemporary ("la nueva onda") Xicanismo.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Praxis Series