Claiming Home, Shaping Community: Testimonios de los valles

Gloria Cuadraz, Yolanda Flores

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Abstract

To offer testimonio is inherently political, a vehicle that counters the hegemony of the state and illuminates the repression and denial of human rights. Claiming Home, Shaping Community offers the testimonios from and about the lives of Mexican-descent people who left rural agricultural valles, specifically the Imperial and the San Joaquín Valleys, to pursue higher education at a University of California campus. While symbolically their journeys embody the master narrative of the “American Dream,” Claiming Home, Shaping Community does not echo the “rags to riches” trope reified in dominant culture, but rather, it asserts the need to rehumanize the purpose and heart of education. In each chapter, the narrators illustrate myriad supports that allowed them to move forward on their academic and professional journeys: hard work, affirmative action, inclusionary practices, mentors, and their communities’ cultural wealth. Each trajectory is unique, but put together as a collection, the commonalities emerge. Denoting a sense of political and social urgency that responds to the current accentuated economic disparities between the have’s and the have-not’s, these essays illuminate the broader societal benefits of federal legislation and resources for state-funded public higher education and policies that broaden access and resources. Through telling their stories, the contributors to this volume seek to empower others on their journeys to and through higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
Number of pages282
ISBN (Electronic)0816537127, 9780816537457
ISBN (Print)0816537453, 9780816537129
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Cuadraz, G., & Flores, Y. (2017). Claiming Home, Shaping Community: Testimonios de los valles. University of Arizona Press.