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Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities

Learning From Social Justice Partnerships in Action


Mari Castañeda and Joseph Krupczynski

Students, faculty, and community partners alike will find Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning From Social Justice Partnerships in Action accessible not only because it includes an array of examples regarding Latinx civic engagement, but it also demonstrates that personal experiences are powerful tools for the production of new knowledge. This book reveals an epistemology of social justice that aims to investigate and develop a new Latinx community-university praxis for how to engage with diverse communities in the twenty-first century.


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Acknowledgements ix Introduction: Toward a Latinx Community-Academic Praxis of Civic Engagement 1 Mari Castañeda and Joseph KrupCzynsKi Section I: Rethinking Community and Civic Engagement 1. Civic Engagement: Learning From Teaching Community Praxis 21 antonieta MerCado 2. Imagining a Nueva Casita: Puerto Rican Subjectivities and the Space of the “In-between” on an Urban Farm in Western Massachusetts 37 Joseph KrupCzynsKi 3. Subject-Heading or Social Justice Solidarity? Civic Engagement Practices of Latinx Undocumented Immigrant Students 49 Claudia a. evans-zepeda 4. Keeping It Real: Bridging U.S. Latino/a Literature and Community Through Student Engagement 65 Marisel Moreno 5. Public Humanities and Community-Engaged Learning: Building Strategies for Undergraduate Research and Civic Engagement 81 Clara roMán-odio, patriCia Mota, and aMelia dunnell viii Table of Contents Section II: Community Voices and the Politics of Place 6. Community as a Campus: From “Problems” to Possibilities in Latinx Communities 111 Jonathan rosa 7. Motherists’ Pedagogies of Cultural Citizenship: Claiming Rights and Space in a Xenophobic Era 125 Judith flores CarMona 8. Responsibility, Reciprocity, and Respect: Storytelling as a Means of University-Community Engagement 143 J. estrella torrez 9. Arizona-Sonora 360: Examining and Teaching Contested Moral Geographies Along the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands 159 Celeste González de bustaMante 10. Saber es Poder: Teaching and Learning About Social Inequality in a New England Latin@ Community 179 Ginetta e. b. Candelario Section III: Expanding the Media and Cultural Power of Communities 11. Media Literacy as Civic Engagement 201 Jillian M. báez 12. “I Exist Because You Exist:” Teaching History and Supporting...

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