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Chronicles of Resistance: A Borderlands Testimonio

Pearlman, Jeanne (2010) Chronicles of Resistance: A Borderlands Testimonio. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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CHRONICLES OF RESISTANCE: A BORDERLANDS TESTIMONIOJeanne Pearlman, PhD.University of Pittsburgh, 2010This inquiry is an arts-based, narrative study that examines multiple manifestations of resistance as expressed by ordinary individuals who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. These expressions of resistance are offered as testimonios, defined as first-person narratives that bear witness to individual responses to systems of oppression. The testimonios are created within the context of the relationship between resistance and freedom, which can be seen as a mutual dependency, grounded in the reality that if some small amount of freedom did not exist, resistance could not manifest within the structures of domination. The key to enacting this freedom is the development of critical consciousness, a heightened awareness of the emancipatory power that lies in the recognition of the paradox of the few controlling the lives of the many. Often critical consciousness arises within an environment where imagination is reawakened by artists whose lives and work are situated within a practice of liberation and transformation. With a newly awakened critical consciousness, the oppressed are empowered to consider the option of critical resistance, those forms of dissent that arise not in opposition to a particular manifestation of oppression but rather in pursuit of imagined landscapes where social justice is the norm and oppression is vanquished. These utopian spaces arise within the Borderlands, liminal spaces where illusions of reality are jettisoned and creativity flourishes. The application of this form of resistance within public education requires the recognition that5the current climate reflects a convergence of government surveillance through high-stakes testing and educational colonization manifested through the infusion of profit-driven consultants and product lines within the system. This study includes three testimonios, created to offer examples whereby individuals respond to oppression by imagining and the enacting diverse manifestations of critical resistance in their everyday lives.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGarman, Noreenngarman@pitt.eduNGARMAN
Committee MemberTrend,
Committee MemberPiantanida,
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michael Gmgunzen@pitt.eduMGUNZEN
Committee MemberMcMahon,
Date: 12 May 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 17 March 2010
Approval Date: 12 May 2010
Submission Date: 4 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Resistance; Ethical Resistance; High Stakes Testing and Surveillance; Janet Flanner; No Child Left Behind; Paris May 1968; Sylvia Beach; William Ayers; Wizard of Oz
Other ID:, etd-04042010-094644
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:38


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