Chicana Feminism as a Bridge: The Struggle of a White Woman Seeking an Alternative to the Eclipsing Embodiment of Whiteness

G. Sue Kasun

Abstract


Chicana feminism helps researchers examine social issues from positionings which challenge Whitestream ways of knowing, particularly in terms of intersectionality of identities and lived experiences.  As a white woman researcher, I claim the need to embrace this framework to research and reframe both my autohistoria (Anzaldúa, 2002) and the world around me. I use a series of steps to engage this framework, including: waiting while white, attempts at decolonizing while understanding one’s white positioning, and cautiously engaging from the depths of gratitude.  It is through love that I engage the framework of Chicana feminism toward doing emancipatory research in education.


Keywords


Chicana feminism, epistemology, ways of knowing, Anzaldúa, whiteness

Full Text:

kasun PDF



JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing is an interdisciplinary journal of curriculum studies. It offers an academic forum for scholarly discussions of curriculum. Historically aligned with the "reconceptualist" movement in curriculum theorizing and oriented toward informing and affecting classroom practice, JCT presents compelling pieces within forms that challenge disciplinary, genre, and textual boundaries.

The journal is published by the Foundation for Curriculum Theory and is associated with the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, held in the autumn of each year. JCT is indexed in The Education Index.

NOTICE: As of December 2008, the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing (Volume 24, Issue 1) and all future issues
are available freely and exclusively online to all individuals and institutions. More Information...

Contributors to the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing retain copyright to their work.

All other content: Copyright © Foundation for Curriculum Theory. All rights reserved.

ISSN: 1942-2563