Narrating Cultural Citizenship: Oral Histories of First-Generation College Students of Mexican Origin

Benmayor, Rina
Publication Year:
Social Justice

Uses student research to analyze how students in an oral history course negotiate multiple cultures, drawing upon different funds of knowledge. Explains that traditional assessment often stigmatizes bilingual/bicultural students as academically deficient. This course provides space for first-generation students to utilize their lived expertise. The oral histories of first-generation Mexican students highlight a process of turning histories of cultural and economic subordination into empowering integrative spaces. (SM)

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