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Organic Intellectualism, the Search for Racial Identity, and Nuyorican Thought


Regina Bernard-Carreño

The theory of Nuyorganics joins Nuyorican poetry to organic intellectualism. Examining its possibilities, this book questions existing theories of the dominant elite and offers new theories for those who struggle for accurate representation in their academic environments. It shows the importance of understanding that lived experiences are often undiscovered sources of expertise – and untapped resources for both teachers and students – in classrooms of higher education. Drawing attention to new ways of thinking, this book is a voice for those who have fought for a rigorous, socially just education to be the primary goal of any academic training.


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ACKNOWLEdGMENTS first in order…a thank you to my friend, professor, a model scholar and intellectual, and my mentor, Joe L. Kincheloe. The laborious days and nights spent working on this research, which goes as far back as my doc- toral days has finally come to fruition. The first huge research project I ever worked on, was this, and with you. This could not have been put together had it not been your dedication to this idea from inception, and even in your painful absence, to its completion. You are at the center of this work, and I know that somewhere in the gaps of my heart, you can see what your intel- lectual teachings helped to shape. Professor Shirley R. Steinberg. So many things I can include in this thank you, but that would be another book entirely. Thank you for giving me the passage to get this to publication, and for inspiring that I continue on with this project, even when I felt the bridge of my thoughts breaking. You are more than a mentor, you are a friend, one that teaches organic intellectualism in traditional settings, but still motivates the people to do more, do it better, and do it differently. Thanks to all the pedagogues both living and not, who made production of this work a reflection of knowledge. Thank you to my small family who has shown enormous support and mindfulness of this intense process. In particular my mom, who without her, none of...

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