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ERIC Number: EJ975006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
"Testimonios" of Life and Learning in the Borderlands: Subaltern Juarez Girls Speak
Cervantes-Soon, Claudia G.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v45 n3 p373-391 2012
This article presents the "testimonios" of two high school girls coming of age in one of the most marginalized areas of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico who attend a school with a critical pedagogy orientation (Freire, 1970). Ciudad Juarez is a city on the U.S-Mexico border and considered one of the most violent in the world today. These "testimonios" shed light on the life experiences and identity formation of young women coming of age in the south side of the border and reveal the knowledge and wisdom they have gained in their struggle for freedom, dignity, and life. They also expose the epistemological and pedagogical nature of young women's discourse and wisdom characterized by "testimonios" as counter-narratives, confessions, and "consejos"; and the role of a critical school in promoting such discourse. This article offers insight into the potential of schools to become sites of organic healing, critical consciousness, and agency in dystopic times by cultivating the use of "testimonios" as a way to center and legitimize subaltern knowledge. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico