Winner, 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Book Award presented by the American Sociological Association's Section on Race, Class, and Gender
Honorable Mention, 2018 Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award presented by the American Sociological Association's Latina/o Sociology Section
How Latina teachers are making careers and helping students stay in touch with their roots.
Latina women make up the fastest growing non-white group entering the teaching profession at a time when it is estimated that 20% of all students nationwide now identify as Latina/o. Through ethnographic and participant observation in two underperforming majority-minority schools in Los Angeles, as well as interviews with teachers, parents and staff, Latina Teachers examines the complexities stemming from a growing workforce of Latina teachers.
The teachers profiled use Latino cultural resources and serve as agents of ethnic mobility. They actively teach their students how to navigate American race and class structures while retaining their cultural roots, necessary tactics in an American education system that has not fully caught up with the nation’s demographic changes. Flores also explores the challenges faced by Latina teachers, including language barriers and cultural acclimation, and professional inequalities that continue to affect women of color at work.
An unprecedented look at an understudied population, Latina Teachers presents an important picture of the women who are increasingly shaping the way America’s children are educated.
About the Author
M. Flores is an Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She was born and raised in Santa Ana, CA.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures ix
1 From "Americanization" to "Latinization" 5
2 "I Just Fell into It": Pathways into the Teaching Profession 35
3 Cultural Guardians: The Professional Missions of Latina Teachers 65
4 Co-ethnic Cultural Guardianship: Space, Race, and Region 97
5 Bicultural Myths, Rifts, and Shifts 127
6 Standardized Tests and Workplace Tensions 157
Conclusion and Epilogue: The New U.S. Teaching Profession 188
Appendix A Demographic Characteristics of Latina Teachers 200
Appendix B Chronicles of a Mexican Woman PhD 203
About the Author 265