Making Scholarship Matter
Edited By Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin and Cynthia Reyes
Chapter Three: Reframing: We are not Public Intellectuals; We are Movement Intellectuals
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We Are Not Public Intellectuals; We Are Movement Intellectuals
MARGARITA MACHADO-CASAS, BELINDA BUSTOS FLORES, AND ENRIQUE MURILLO, JR.
The definition of the term “public” has expanded with increased access to the Internet, and scholars have begun to engage in an examination of contemporary academics as public intellectuals. Vásquez, Flores, and Clark (2013) remind us that: “It does not happen very often that three scholars who do not typically communicate with each other, approach a creative alliance in search of a common goal” (p. 111). In defining our role within the wider public sphere, we followed Vásquez et al.’s (2013) example for approaching the task “without hidden agendas and tripping all over each other’s self-importance” (p. 111). As we pondered the question of “Are we public intellectuals? How do we see ourselves? And how do we define what we do for our communities both academically and socially? We recognized the mutual respect and collegiality we had for one another. Moreover, we realized that although we knew each other’s work, we had not taken the opportunity to reflect on the collective impact and the wide-recognition we have achieved for our work as both change agents and scholars.
Compromiso y Necesidad de Ver Cambio
Our work has been driven by compromiso y necesidad de ver cambio (commitment and the necessity to see change) embodied in a desire to make a difference in...
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