Coming of Age in Times of Crisis: Youth, Schooling, and Patriarchy in a Venezuelan Town [NOOK Book]

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Coming of Age in Times of Crisis is an ethnographic study of secondary school youth growing up in a rural town in the Venezuelan Andes in the 1990s. Janise Hurtig draws on her experiences as a school ethnographer, English teacher, and student advisor, to provide an engaging, intimate, and critical exploration of the ways Santa Lucian students learned about, made sense of, and worked with the conflicting dreams and disillusions, promises and expectations of formal education and negligent patriarchy to create ...
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Coming of Age in Times of Crisis: Youth, Schooling, and Patriarchy in a Venezuelan Town

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Overview

Coming of Age in Times of Crisis is an ethnographic study of secondary school youth growing up in a rural town in the Venezuelan Andes in the 1990s. Janise Hurtig draws on her experiences as a school ethnographer, English teacher, and student advisor, to provide an engaging, intimate, and critical exploration of the ways Santa Lucian students learned about, made sense of, and worked with the conflicting dreams and disillusions, promises and expectations of formal education and negligent patriarchy to create individual adult identities. Through the concepts of "coming of age" and "crisis," Hurtig explores connections between the ethnographic subject and the ethnographer's subjectivity.
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"Through Hurtig's deft and passionate ethnography, the young men and women of Santa Lucia, Venezuela will quickly gain a prominent, if disquieting, place in the anthropological understanding of schooling and youth identity. Hurtig plumbs the particular, small contradictions of youth's educational lives to illuminate the big contradictions of global political economy, gender, and schooling. A stunning piece of longitudinal educational research—evocative, heartbreaking, but ultimately optimistic."—Bradley A.U. Levinson, Associate Professor of Education and Anthropology, Indiana University and Lead Editor of Inter-American Jourbanal of Education for Democracy

“In this vivid account of secondary school students' experiences of crisis in the Venezuelan Andes, Hurtig demonstrates close connections among state-society relations at local, national, and international levels. Hurtig's skillful analysis of the gendered dimensions of family life and secondary schooling sheds new light on questions about educational processes and social change. A must read for comparative educators, anthropologists of education, and everyone interested in schooling around the world.”—Amy Stambach, author of Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro: Schooling, Community, and Gender in East Africa

“Hurtig cogently argues for ‘patriarchy’ as a useful analytic concept, and specifically ‘negligent patriarchy,’ as a cultural dynamic entailing both the production of desires and the normalized expectation of disappointment. This conceptual work enables her to diagnose gendered contradictions grounded in inequality and exploitation imbricated across house, street, nation, and imperialist realms. This is feminist ethnography at its most powerful.”—Lessie Jo Frazier, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Indiana University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230268944
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 742 KB

Meet the Author

Janise Hurtig is a Senior Researcher at the PRAIRIE Group, College of Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, where she co-directs the Community Writing and Research Project. She has conducted ethnographic and participatory action research in Venezuela, Oregon, and Chicago and is a co-editor of Gender’s Place: Feminist Anthropologies of Latin America (Palgrave 2002), with Rosario Montoya and Lessie Jo Frazier.

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Table of Contents

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Preface: The Meanings of Crisis

1 Coming of Age: Concepts and Contradictions

2 Santa Lucia: A Certain Place in Uncertain Times

3 Becoming Secondary School Students

4 Pedagogy and Patriarchy

5 Teaching History, Teaching Crisis

6 English Lessons and Neocolonial Longing

7 Debating Women

8 Studying Adolescents in (Times of) Crisis

9 Myths of (Fe)Male Achievement

Postscript: Years Later, Having Graduated: Reflections on Crisis and Coming of Age

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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    Jules

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    Well.......

    I didnt buy it.. u know y? Well right now its like 95.00 dollars! Who would buy this?

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