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Claiming Home, Shaping Community
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To offer testimonio is inherently political, a vehicle that counters the hegemony of the state and illuminates the repression and denial of human rights. Claiming Home, Shaping Community offers the testimonios from and about the lives of Mexican-descent people who left rural agricultural valles, specifically the Imperial and the San Joaquín Valleys, to pursue higher education at a University of California campus.

While symbolically their journeys embody the master narrative of the “American Dream,” Claiming Home, Shaping Community does not echo the “rags to riches” trope reified in dominant culture, but rather, it asserts the need to rehumanize the purpose and heart of education. In each chapter, the narrators illustrate myriad supports that allowed them to move forward on their academic and professional journeys: hard work, affirmative action, inclusionary practices, mentors, and their communities’ cultural wealth. Each trajectory is unique, but put together as a collection, the commonalities emerge.

Denoting a sense of political and social urgency that responds to the current accentuated economic disparities between the have’s and the have-not’s, these essays illuminate the broader societal benefits of federal legislation and resources for state-funded public higher education and policies that broaden access and resources. Through telling their stories, the contributors to this volume seek to empower others on their journeys to and through higher education.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-33
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  1. “All Work Is Honorable”: An Artistic Journey from El Valle to La Bahía
  2. Ester Hernández
  3. pp. 34-42
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  1. Imperial Valley Vignettes: Mosaico de un vivir rural
  2. José R. Padilla
  3. pp. 43-58
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  1. “Nuestro camino es más largo” (Our Journey Is Much Longer): A Testimonio from a Daughter of Mexican Immigrants Turned Professor in the Academy
  2. Rosa M. Jiménez
  3. pp. 59-78
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  1. Living / Leaving Home: Legacies of History and Multiple Migrations
  2. Yolanda Flores
  3. pp. 79-99
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  1. “Siguiendo adelante”: Inscribing Home Below, At, and Above Sea Level
  2. Gloria H. Cuádraz
  3. pp. 100-120
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  1. The Seeds They Planted
  2. Daniel “Nane” Alejándrez
  3. pp. 121-133
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  1. Transitions: The Dolorous Return of a Chicana/o Trans-Fronterizo
  2. Francisco J. Galarte
  3. pp. 134-157
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  1. Traversing the Unknown: The Making of a Scholar and Mentor in Higher Education
  2. Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
  3. pp. 158-175
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  1. Hijo de la frontera
  2. Roberto Moreno
  3. pp. 176-193
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  1. “Sewer Girl”: A Journey of Personal and Community Transformation
  2. Enid Pérez
  3. pp. 194-210
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  1. Desert Hues: Reflexiones sobre “una buena educación”
  2. John J. Halcón
  3. pp. 211-223
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  1. Weaving Testimonies of the San Joaquin Valley Fields, Community, and Higher Education: Affirming Knowledge and Justice from the Bottom Up
  2. Manuel Barajas
  3. pp. 224-237
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  1. Shaping Boundaries: From Westmorland to the World of Social Work
  2. Angélica Cárdenas-Chaisson
  3. pp. 238-245
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 246-248
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  1. References
  2. pp. 249-264
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 265-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-282
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