Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Education - 488 pages
Despite generations of protest, activism, and reform efforts, Latinos continue to be among the nation's most educationally disadvantaged and economically disenfranchised groups. Challenging static notions of culture, identity, and language, Latinos, and Education addresses this reality within the context of a rapidly changing economy and society. This reader establishes a clear link between educational practice and the structural dimensions which shape institutional life, and calls for the development of a new language that moves beyond disciplinary and racialized categories of difference and structural inequality. These highly accessible essays, which achieve a useful balance of theory and practice, discuss themes such as political economy, historical views of Latinos and schooling, identity, the politics of language, cultural democracy in the classroom, community involvement, and Latinos in higher education. Diverse Latino and Chicano viewpoints are all included, and the volume reflects the educational experiences of students in urban centers like New York and Chicago, as well as the South, Southwest, and West.
 

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Contents

Economic Labor Force and Social Implications of Latino
45
The Structure of Inequality and the Status
80
History Culture and Education
117
Culture Language and the Americanization
158
Languages of Latino
174
jSomos RUNAFRIBES? The Future of Latino Ethnicity
219
The Case Against
225
Movimientos de Rebeldia y Las Culturas que Traicionan
259
Creating the Conditions for Cultural Democracy
331
in a College Classroom
351
Eleuterio Escobar
398
The Old Wolf Revisited
423
The Development of Chicano Studies
439
Confronting Barriers to the Participation of Mexican American
454
A Theoretical Framework
468
Notes on Contributors
487

The Tonguetying of America
269
The Empowerment of LanguageMinority Students
319

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is Associate Professor of Education at The Claremont Graduate School, a research associate with the Centro Andino de Educacion y Promocion in Cuzco, Peru and the author of Culture and Power in the Classroom. Rodolfo D. Torres is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Comparative Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Henry Gutierrez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at San Jose State University.

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