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Counterstorytelling Narratives of Latino Teenage Boys

From «Vergüenza» to «Échale Ganas»


Juan A. Ríos Vega

Counterstorytelling Narratives of Latino Teenage Boys presents an ethnographic portrait of the experiences and counterstories of nine Latino teenage boys representing different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds attending a high school in North Carolina. Using critical race theory (CRT), Latino critical theory (LatCrit), and Chicano/a epistemologies as a theoretical framework, the book unveils how differing layers of oppression shape the lives of these boys of color through the intersections of race, gender, and class. Contrary to majoritarian assumptions, cultural deficit models, and their teachers’ low expectations, this research reveals how participants used their cultural capital as a foundation to develop resiliency. The findings in this book suggest that teachers, school administrators, and staff could benefit from a better understanding of Latino/a students’ community cultural wealth as a fundamental element for these students’ academic success. Counterstorytelling Narratives of Latino Teenage Boys will be an excellent resource for teachers, school administrators, college students, and pre-service teachers. It will be useful in courses in Latino/a studies in the United States, multicultural studies, race and education studies, social justice in education, race and gender studies, and social foundations in education.


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From vergüenza to échale ganas


Cuando mis padres me despertaron esa noche sentí que la aventura mas mara- villosa estaba a punto de comenzar. Esos días en el desierto, cruzando deso- ladas tierras y un caudaloso río parecían las cosas mas difíciles para alcanzar el sueño Americano de mis padres, a écharle ganas para un mejor mañana. (When my parents woke me up late at night, I felt the most wonderful adventure was about to start. Days in the desert or crossing a desolated desert and a dangerous river will be my most difficult things to achieve my parents’ American dream of doing the best for a better future.) Mi nueva vida, mejor educación, una casa decente, y ropas de marca soñaban como palabras mágicas para mis oídos. El niño pobre de rancho quien solía soñar con Los Guardianes de la Bahía y super heroes de la televisión final- mente estaría en El Norte. Sin embargo, mi aventura giró al revés una vez que mi familia y yo cruzamos la frontera. (New life, better education, a decent house, and fancy clothes sounded like magical words to my ears. The poor niño de rancho who used to dream about Bay Watch and super heroes from TV will finally be en El Norte. However, my adventure turned upside-down once my family and I crossed la frontera.) xiv counterstorytelling narratives of latino teenage boys Are you Latino, Hispanic, or Mexican...

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