ERIC Number: EJ1112490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Reference Count: 22
"Testimonios" Informing a Human Rights and Social Justice Education Framework
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, v10 n2 p96-103 2016
The recalling and documenting of "testimonio" "as a conceptual and methodological tool that transforms cultural and personal narratives into critical social analysis" (Fuentes & Pérez, 2016) is not an easy process. Often tears, "coraje" (both courage and rage) and laughter accompany this process--a transformative healing process in of itself from which one can draw strength and agency. The process of "testimonio" involves at least two individuals, the "testimoniante" who must be strong enough to make themselves vulnerable in their sharing and reliving of their experiences, and the witness who must both be willing to hold space as the "testimoniante" shares and then commit themselves to working towards alleviating the social injustices the "testimoniante" has experienced. This process is usually painful to both re-live and witness, but it is also a necessary part of one's healing and recognition of shared humanity and perseverance. Herein, Linda Prieto concludes this special issue on "testimonio" by highlighting impactful selections from each article in this issue.
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Social Justice, Immigrants, Mexican Americans, Cultural Influences
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