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Grassroots in Santa Ana: Identity and conceptualizing community
by Torres, Carolyn, M.A.Ed., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 145; 1523241
Abstract (Summary)

This study, guided by a Chicana feminist epistemology and Latina/o Critical Theory narrates and contemplates the experiences of people who have decided to take part in collective struggle. It explores the ways 10 Mexican-origin activists and organizers (5 women and 5 men, ages 19 to 60) from Santa Ana, California conceptualize identity, community, space, and grassroots. Within the findings, "alternative educational spaces" is introduced as a concept based in the participants' experiences in spaces that contributed to self-worth and built a sense of collective responsibility that countered institutionalized racism and classism in schools and within city policies. This study highlights the heterogeneity of Mexican-origin peoples and investigates the ways in which the participants' lived experiences as Santa Ana-based activists and organizers contribute to developing histories and community building.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Huber, Lindsay Perez
Commitee: Martinez, Corinne, Moreno, Jose F.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Educational sociology, Epistemology, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Alternative educational spaces, Chicana feminist epistemology, Grassroots organizing, Mexican community space, Narratives and storytelling, Santa Ana activism, Santa Ana, California
Publication Number: 1523241
ISBN: 978-1-303-20692-4
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