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ERIC Number: EJ932694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Crossing Language and Identity as a Critical Border Ethnographer in Southern California
Pastor, Ana Maria Relano
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v10 n3 p186-205 2011
This article discusses the language and identity challenges I faced as a critical border ethnographer from Spain doing fieldwork in Southern California. I focus on the multiple positionings that I negotiated doing fieldwork in La Clase Magica (The Magic Class), a computer-based, after-school bilingual program for Mexican/Mexican American/Chicano-a children, youth, and adults in Southern California. The article explores the processes of transformation I underwent as a female, Andalusian speaker of Castilian and researcher from Spain, in relation to a group of Mexican immigrant women participating in this program. Data come from naturally occurring interactions and interview data with children, mothers, caretakers, and university students attending the program. I consider interactional and interview data as "sites of struggle," where participants construct and negotiate representations of themselves and those they align with and distance themselves from, as well as "sites of transformation," where critical ethnographers can move beyond the traps and tricks of ethnography. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Spain