Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Julio J. Cammarota
This three-year critical ethnographic study explores the lived experiences of Latinx youth in a racist nativist state. Data collected through participant observations, interviews, and artifacts reveals that the culture of schooling and anti-immigration politics contribute to Latinx youth developing ideological hegemony; commonsense ideas about the current social order and deficit ideas about their community and peers. Their participation in a Latinx youth community-youth based organization I call Movimiento La Libertad introduces them to a process of ideological struggle. This process supports the deconstruction of ideological hegemony and the re-construction of counter-hegemonic ideology. The pedagogy is key instrument in this process. I refer to the pedagogy as, a humanizing pedagogy of knowledge. This pedagogy increases their awareness of the history of Latinx youth social activism which encourages and supports their involvement in social movements. However, data shows Latinx youth social activism can be empowering and traumatic. Therefore, I argue for a humanizing pedagogy to include healing practices to address the social, psychological, behavioral, and spiritual trauma triggers during social activism, and support Latinx youth well-being.
Carlos R. Casanova
Casanova, Carlos R., "A critical ethnographic study of the resistance of Midwest Latinx youth: Towards a politics of immigration and education" (2019). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 16980.