Unresolved Identities Discourse, Ambivalence, and Urban Immigrant Students

ISBN-10: 1438430582
ISBN-13: 9781438430584
Edition: 2010
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Description: In her ethnographic study of Lao American students at an urban, public high school, Bic Ngo shows how simplistic accounts of these students smooth over unfinished, precarious identities and contested social relations. Exploring the ways that  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 3/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

In her ethnographic study of Lao American students at an urban, public high school, Bic Ngo shows how simplistic accounts of these students smooth over unfinished, precarious identities and contested social relations. Exploring the ways that immigrant youth identities are shaped by dominant discourses that simplify and confine their experiences within binary categories of good/bad, traditional/modern, and success/failure, she unmasks and examines the stories we tell about them, and unsettles the hegemony of discourses that frame identities within discrete dualisms. Rather than cohesive, the identity negotiations of Lao American students are responses that modify, resist, or echo these discourses. Ngo argues that while Lao American students are changing what it means to be urban” and immigrant” youth, most people are unable to read them as doing so, and instead see the youth as confused, backward, and problematic. By illuminating the discursive practices of identity, this study underscores the need to conceptualize urban, immigrant identities as contradictory, fractured, and unresolved.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Urban Schools as War Zones
War Babies and Comeback Kids
Confining Immigrant Identities
Unresolved Identities
Resisting Resolution
Undercutting the Inside/Outside Opposition
A Note on Methodology
Notes
References
Index

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