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ERIC Number: EJ997289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-6620
The Joy of Writing My History: Ethnic Identity and Education through My Mother
Callejo Perez, David M.
Action in Teacher Education, v34 n5-6 p447-463 2012
This three-part article addresses the role of identity as transmitted by my mother and the influences on my life first as a teacher and then as researcher. This ethnography is based on interviews of my mother about her life as a political prisoner in Cuba and her influences on my identity. This article is divided into three acts that address specific ideas of identity. Act 1 discusses the politically charged landscape where it becomes hard to distinguish between the fact and fiction of post-1959 Cuban history. Act 2 recounts the tale of my mother, one of many women who asserted their independence as radicals within their communities. Act 3 connects cultural identity and political strife that led to immigration and exile and ultimately opened the door for women like my mother. I attempt to see how ethnicity and identity are constructed in the home, how they are lived within schools, and how we negotiate them in life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cuba; United States