“Within this complicated contextbeautifully realizedMuñoz crafts careful portraits of youth precariously engaged in the process of becoming something more. She achieves a careful tension throughout the text, namely marking identity as both a journey and as a site of fragmentation. In holding this tension, Muñoz contributes to a theory of alterity as the condition for identity as a possibility as opposed to identity as a life sentence. She is able to hold onto what she rightly terms, ‘the educative work of nourishing’ in how she analyzes the lives of particular youth. She offers visions and revisions of the development by juxtaposing with her own, the words of fifty-six youth living in Puerto Rico.” Deborah P. Britzman, York University
Where "Something Catches": Work, Love, and Identity in Youthby Victoria I. Munoz
Where “Something Catches:” Work, Love, and Identity in Youth is a qualitative study of Latina and Latino youth. Youths from different/i>
Helps people working with youth think in new ways about the relationships between work, love, and identity and how these interact within the socio-political processes of class, race, gender, and sexuality.
Where “Something Catches:” Work, Love, and Identity in Youth is a qualitative study of Latina and Latino youth. Youths from different regions of Puerto Rico and with a range of interests are interviewed about work, love, community, alternatives, and the support that they have been given. Using an innovative framework, a psychology of identity is explored by incorporating an analysis of the cultural, historical, and political context. The text includes documentary photographs.
Meet the Author
Victoria I. Munoz is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wells College. She is also a freelance photographer.
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