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PAR EntreMundos

A Pedagogy of the Américas


Edited By Jennifer Ayala, Julio Cammarota, Margarita I. Berta-Ávila, Melissa Rivera, Louie F. Rodríguez and María Elena Torre

PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas challenges the standard narratives of "achievement" to think about how Latinx students can experience an education that forges new possibilities of liberation and justice. Growing Latinx student populations have led to concerns about "assimilating" them into mainstream academic frameworks. This book offers an alternative, decolonizing approach that embraces complex Latinx identities and clears a path toward resisting systems of oppression. Educating Latinx students should involve more than just helping them achieve in school but rather having them recognize their agency to transform the larger structure of education to promote justice-oriented practices. The authors offer a framework for such transformation by honoring their theoretical lineages, proposing a set of guiding principles, and sharing stories about collective social action within and outside Latinx communities. PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas is a practice of liberation and freedom.

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We began this book with a story about Zach who was penalized by school authorities for his Spanish-language use. From that single incident, to the wider range of oppressions and opportunities about which we collectively write, we find ourselves amidst a rich mass of complexity and contradiction.  In recent days, the country has witnessed an increase in incidents similar to Zach’s in 2005, with 867 reported acts of “hateful harassment” ten days after the 2016 presidential election (Southern Poverty Law Center, 2016). We are in a time where social movements can begin with a hashtag; where protectors resist corporate-state violence against sacred indigenous lands, water and people; where the Black Lives Matter movement demands recognition of and actions against systemic anti-black racism; where the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality; where DACA, deportations, and building walls describe the state of immigration in the U.S.; where mass shootings of LGTBQ-identified Latinxs occur in presumed safe spaces; where a president was elected despite or because of a platform based on a celebration of white-supremacist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and heteropatriarchal ideologies. It is in this socio-political context that we offer a discussion of PAR EntreMundos as a pedagogy of the Americas, where we envision an education that matters in our daily lives and communities.←201 | 202→

The journey of this book has taken us across varied disciplinary terrains. Beginning with theoretical and intellectual legacies, we moved to a set of foundational principles, pivoting to a series of examples...

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