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TRANSGENERATIONAL EDUCACIN: LATINA MOTHERS EVERYDAY PEDAGOGIES OF CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

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A dissertation submitted to the faculty of The University of Utah in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Education, Culture, and Society The University of Utah August 2010

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Judith Flores Carmona

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UMI Number: 3413558

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Copyright Judith Flores Carmona 2010 All Rights Reserved

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The University of Utah Graduate School

STATEMENT OF DISSERTATION APPROVAL

The dissertation of

Judith Flores Carmona

has been approved by the following supervisory committee members:

Dolores Delgado Bernal

, Chair

06/01/2010Date Approved

Audrey Thompson

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06/01/2010Date Approved

Roderic Land

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, Member

06/01/2010Date Approved

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, Member

06/01/2010Date Approved

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06/01/2010Date Approved

and by

, Chair of

the Department of

Education, Culture, and Society

and by Charles A. Wight, Dean of The Graduate School.

ABSTRACT This critical ethnographic study used Chicana/Latina feminist theory and Latina/o cultural citizenship to explore and examine how Latina mothers (their epistemologies, bodies, and lived experiences serve as pedagogical devices) transmit and co-create knowledge intergenerationally for and with their children. The primary focus of the study was to find out how Latina mothers enact their responsibility to fight for basic social needs and the various forms of activism that take place through their participation in their

how teachable moments spring from the mothers everyday rituals, from their practices, silences, the mystery of their lives, and their doing, was foundational to this critical ethnography. Latina mothers bodies become a pedagogical device as they negotiate what knowledge to pass on to their children and with/among each other. Latina mothers inculcate more holistic forms of education (educacin) to their children through pedagogies of the home. Enacting cultural signifiers and practices of [in]formal education that take place in Latina/o homes through Latina mothers bodies demonstrated how everyday teachings through their quotidian doing are passed on to their children. Latina mothers stories and lessons are taught to their children through oral histories, their everyday rituals and practices, the stories that arise from interactions entre mujeres (among women), and in sharing their own testimonio. The findings from this study acknowledge how Latinas everyday culturalfamilial-communal practices serve to inculcate sobrevivencia (survival) lessons and transgenerational knowledge, education, and educacin, that can serve their children to claim

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childrens education and educacin in their community, school, and homes. Understanding

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rights and create spaces of belonging in Salt Lake City, Utah. The findings elaborated and expanded the concepts of trangenerational educacin and pedagogies of cultural citizenship.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS ABSTRACT.iii LIST OF TABLES.viii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS..ix Chapter ONE INTRODUCTION.1 My Mother.1 Background and Setting.....5 Salt Lake City, Utah: The Jackson and Guadalupe Communities.7 Previous Studies....9 Statement of the Problem.....11 Focus of the Study............16 Significance: Building on Previous Studies.....21 REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE...26

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Introduction..26 Overview: Chicana/Latina Feminist Theory, Theory in the Flesh...28 Situating Chicana/Latina Feminist Theory Constructs....32 The Land and the Brown Bodys Facultad in the Borderlands...32 Educacin of Sobrevivencia and Supervivencia Through Testimonio39 Testimonio....40 Introduction to Latina/o Cultural Citizenship..46 Overview: Latina/o Cultural Citizenship Practices......48 Latina Mothers Pedagogies of Cultural Citizenship...50 Latina/o Cultural Citizenship and Chicana/Latina Feminist Theory...52 METHODOLOGY ..59 Introduction: Research Questions, Approach, and Rationale..59 Research Design...61 Population Selection: Participants.......62 Data Gathering Methods. 66

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Interviewing: Testimonio as Reciprocal Process 71 Observations and Thick Description ...75 Portraiture ...76 Data Analysis Procedures78 Portraiture and Latina Motherist Portraits...79 Angela..79 Portrait Analysis..80 The Researchers Positionality .......83 Reflexivity...85 Ethical and Political Considerations86 Rationale for Qualitative Research..86 FOUR LATINA MOTHERIST PORTRAITS IN THE WEST SIDE OF SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH...............88 West Side, Salt Lake City, Utah: The Jackson and Guadalupe Communities and Latina Homes89 Latina Motherist Portraits....92 ngela..96 Maite..100 Patty: Esta es Mi Historia......105 Viviana...116 Montserrat..120 Lourdes..............................124 Knowledge Shared Across Generations129 TRES GENERACIONES OF TRANSGENERATIONAL EDUCACIN.131

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Aprendi Todo lo Bueno Pero lo Malo No: Mujer-oriented Teaching and Educacin..135 Teaching Through Silence and by Doing: Hacemos Cosas Para Salir Adelante.144 Transgenerational Educacin: I Write in a Notebook....151 Mothers Consejos.161 Valerse Por S Misma y Por Si Mismo..165 LATINA MOTHERS PEDAGOGIES OF CULTURAL CITIZENSHIP: SOBREVIVENCIA AND SUPERVIVENCIA.172 Sobrevivencia and Supervivencia: The Body as a Pedagogical Device173 Latina Mothers: Supervivencia and Their Facultad..179 Pedagogies of Cultural Citizenship: Latina Motherist Practices and Gendered Citizenship.....................................184

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Discussion: Oral Histories and What the Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Mothers Learn197 SEVEN CONCLUSION: UNFINISHED TESTIMONIOS AND LATINA MOTHERIST PORTRAITS: TIENE QUE DARNOS COPIAS.200 Mi Madre: Las Madres..200 Transformations in Me and in the Mothers204 Looking Forward: Possibilities and Implications..207 May 7, 2010: An Act of Reciprocity and Community Care..208 APPENDICES A: B: C: D: E: BACKGROUND: ADELANTE: A COLLEGE AWARENESS AND PREPARATORY PARTNERSHIP...211 GOOGLE MAP OF JACKSON AND GUADALUPE NEIGHBORHOODS.216 THE COMMUNAL TEACHING CHEST ACTIVITY........217 TWO TESTIMONIOS........223

REFERENCES..231

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INTERVIEW PROTOCOLS.....227

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LIST OF TABLES Table Page

1: Organizational Data Chart.79 2: ngela..100 3: Maite104 4: Patty.115 5: Viviana.119

7: Lourdes.127

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6: Montserrat124

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I must first thank the Latina mothers in this study (Angela, Viviana, Montserrat, Lourdes, Maite, and Patty) for sharing their wisdom and for allowing me to learn from and about them and their families. Muchas gracias. The Latina mothers and their families became my community and support system during my graduate studies at the University of Utah. I owe much of my community connections to them and to the Adelante partnership. I have truly been blessed to have the support and love of my two mothers, Josefina

Carmelo, Matt, Jos G. Jos, Ninfa, Rosalia, Edith, and Junior, I love you and I thank you for caring and loving me. Gracias, to my sister [in law] Jenny. I left my home in Los Angeles in 1997 to undertake a life in academia. My familia in Los Angeles and in Texas have constantly welcomed me back home to offer me their unconditional love and support. Mi familia, who at times didnt understand why I needed so much school, kept me inspired and forced me to push forward to finish. I apologize for missing out on births, birthdays, graduations, first steps, first words, and much more. My nieces, Adriana, Gabriela, Johanna, Jasmine, Jeidy, Jennine, and Brianna, may you continue la fuerza de la mujer in our family. Vincent, Brandon, Issa, Serafin, and Andres hechenle ganas, please persevere and succeed. A ti tambien te doy las gracias Travis for always being there when I needed you. I thank my aunts, my mothers sisters, for their unconditional love, for caring about me and for being so giving.

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and Dee. Mike has been a father and a friend. I love them immensely. My siblings,

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I thank mi querida mentor, Cecilia Burciaga, who was instrumental in getting me into academia. You are a force in my life and you continue to be a role model for me and for many others across the country. Thank you for teaching me to stay strong en este mundo academico. While at California State University, Monterey Bay, I am grateful to have met many good friends and mentors who continue to offer me guidance, support, and love, including Dr. Rina Benmayor, Dr. Christine Sleeter, Dr. Pamela Motoike, Debra Busman (MFA), Dr. Rebeca Burciaga, and Dr. Maria Villaseor. I shared with Rina, who was on my committee, that I have been so fortunate throughout my educational career, at CSUMB in the BA and in the MA program. I was very well prepared to take o

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