Juarez Girls Rising

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Juarez Girls Rising

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 Through the voices of high school girls in Ciudad Juárez, understanding how education can promote self-empowerment and resistance against injustice and violence

Claudia G. Cervantes-Soon explores the vital role that transformative secondary education plays in promoting self-empowerment and a spirit of resistance to the violence and social injustice working-class girls encounter in Ciudad Juárez. Bringing together the voices of ten female students at Preparatoria Altavista, Cervantes-Soon analyzes how students and teachers enact a transformative educational philosophy that promotes learning, self-authorship, and hope.

Rarely do we read about the on-the-ground liberatory work of teachers and youths in schools and the agency of young women to live meaningful and joyous lives. In Juárez Girls Rising, the stories of the women and the school are beautifully interwoven, providing a powerful, nuanced, and compelling ethnography that neither victimizes nor romanticizes young, working-class women as they form meaningful identities and future possibilities in the context of gender-, race- and class-based violence.

Sofia Villenas, Cornell University 

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