Betweener Talk: Decolonizing Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Praxis

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In this literary, co-constructed narrative, two Brazilian scholars explore the spaces in-between”—between their own biographies, one raised privileged, the other poor; between the experience of being raised in Brazil and finding acceptance in United States universities; between their lives in the academic establishment and their studies of poverty in Latin America; between the constraints of apolitical scholarship and the need to promote social justice; between contrasting styles of researching, theorizing, and writing. Their dialogue seeks to decolonize the world of American scholarship and promote the use of research toward inclusive social justice.

Author Biography

Marcelo Diversi is Assistant Professor of Human Development at Washington State University Vancouver. He is author of a dozen published articles based on his studies of Latino youth in the United States and street children in Brazil. Claudio Moreira is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A specialist in performance ethnography, cultural theory, and sport, he has half a dozen published articles.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Betweenness and Decolonizing Resistancep. 11
The Beginnings of a Critical Postcolonial Duop. 13
Betweener Talkp. 13
Things We Talk about When Sitting at the Curbp. 14
Crossing Paths, Making Bridgesp. 17
Central Metaphor: Betweeners, Life In-Betweenp. 18
On Oppressionp. 25
Who Gives the Authority to Ask Questions?p. 27
On Why We Wrote Togetherp. 28
Nurturing New Battlegroundsp. 28
Outline of the Rest of the Bookp. 28
Onto-Epistemological Stancep. 31
Stories from the Marginsp. 35
Betweenness in Identityp. 37
Street Lifep. 37
Fragmentsp. 45
Back on the Streetsp. 61
The Streets or Not the Streetsp. 65
Off the Streetsp. 68
Betweenness in Classp. 71
With Gracep. 71
My Bad Englishp. 73
Bathroomp. 84
Newspaper Picturep. 86
Betweenness in Racep. 89
Wordsp. 89
Too Blond Too Whitep. 92
The Tales of Conde, Zezao, Master Claudio, and Cláudiop. 98
No More Soccerp. 115
Betweenness in Sexualityp. 119
A Place for Recoveryp. 119
Made for Sexp. 128
Stolen Romancep. 133
Betweenness in Indigenousness and Postcolonialismp. 137
Old-Fashioned Nikesp. 137
"She Could Be Living in Italy Now . . ."p. 138
Unspeakable Transgressionsp. 142
Nike Capp. 155
Betweenness in Knowledge Productionp. 157
Fire in the Missionp. 157
Life in So Many Actsp. 161
Methodological Acts/Detours and Postcolonial Resistance: Decolonizing Scholarship for Social Justice in the 21st Centuryp. 181
Methodological Acts and Detoursp. 183
A Dialogue on (Auto)Ethnographyp. 187
Words to End With: Decolonizing Praxis and Social Justicep. 205
Decolonizing Praxisp. 208
Parting Thoughts ...p. 218
Referencesp. 225
Indexp. 233
About the Authorsp. 236
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