ERIC Number: EJ864706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Voices in the "Gypsy Developmental Project"
Lalueza, Jose Luis; Crespo, Isabel
Mind, Culture, and Activity, v16 n3 p263-280 2009
The starting point for this article is, What are the hegemonic models of man and woman that educational practices are orientated toward in gypsy communities (models that are often in conflict with mainstream schooling institution's models of socialization)? We do not find the collectivism/individualism approach for explaining socialization in minority cultures helpful, for it can lead us to misunderstand the continuous process of change through which communities challenge existing power relations and thereby change society. The alternative proposed here is the analysis of the role of multivoicedness in the process of cultural change, hybridation, and resistance. A set of conversations with members of a Spanish gypsy community give us a "text" where multiple voices contribute, showing a mixed culture where "traditional" voices are in a constant dialogue with "modern" voices. Minority culture cannot be interpreted as a "traditional" culture, for minority culture includes voices of the hegemonic culture in various different forms and provokes hybridation as differentiation, creating a complex framework for children's socialization.
Descriptors: Socialization, Children, Educational Practices, Minority Groups, Models, Power Structure, Role, Cultural Differences, Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Cultural Traits
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Spain