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Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies

Decolonial Pedagogies, Literacies, and Methodologies


Miguel Zavala

Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies: Decolonial Pedagogies, Literacies, and Methodologies presents an investigation of decolonization in the context of education and what this means for ethnic studies projects. It accomplishes this exploration by looking at the history of Raza communities, defined broadly as the Indigenous and mestizo working class peoples from Latin America, with a focus on the complex yet unifying Chicanx-Mexican experience in the Southwest United States. This book bridges the fields of history, pedagogy, and decolonization through a creative and interweaving methodology that includes critical historiography, dialogue, autoethnography, and qualitative inquiry. Collectively, this work opens new ground, challenging scholars and educators to rethink critical education rooted in traditional and Western frameworks. Arguing for decolonial and Indigenous approaches, the author invites educators and cultural workers to reflect on learning and community in their praxis. Raza Struggle and the Movement for Ethnic Studies will be of interest to students of ethnic studies and Latin American and Mexican history. It is also relevant to teachers, teacher educators, and scholars who are intent on creating spaces of hope and possibility rooted in Freirean, decolonial, and Indigenous frameworks.

List of Illustrations – Acknowledgements – Introduction – Raza Struggle, Coloniality, and Capitalism – Multiple Marginality: A Dialogue With James Diego Vigil – Decolonial Pedagogies: Working Principles for Our Rehumanization – Heteroglossia: A Dialogue With Carlos Tejeda – Decolonial Literacies, Mediation, and Critical Consciousness – Decolonial Methodologies: Toward a Raza Research Framework – Decolonizing the Ethnic Studies Movement: Centering Spirituality and Community – Index.