Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities

Silenced Voices

Authors: Pimentel, O.

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Using qualitative research data on Mexican/Mexican Americans and their historias de éxito that center on Mexican centric concepts such as buen trabajador, bien educado, and buena gente, Octavio Pimentel reveals that when social networks guide personal goals in these communities, goals become community-oriented rather than personally-oriented.

About the authors

Octavio Pimentel is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Interim Director for the MA Rhetoric and Composition Program at Texas State University, USA. He is the co-editor of Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication (2014) and author of articles that have appeared in such journals as The Council Chronicle, Reflections: Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning, and the Journal of Latinos in Education.

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"I applaud Octavio Pimentel's refigured approach to using a Mexican American methodology of case studies to capture the historias de éxito and 'cultural ways of being' of Luis and Quetzin. Those who conduct ethnographies and case studies on Mexican Americans have much to gain from studying Pimentel's 'confianza' relationship with these two individuals. Pimentel's approach to oral life-narratives should be a model to emulate for researchers who study Mexican Americans." - Cristina Kirklighter, co-editor of Voices and Visions: Refiguring Ethnography in Composition

"Pimentel's Historias de Éxito Within Mexican Communities re-defines notions of success with the experiences of laborers who defined it for themselves. Illuminating racist systems of power, Pimentel skillfully crosses disciplinary boundaries in his examination of immigration, geographic space, and language. This book contextualizes lived experiences of invisible ghosts in the American machine with a critical evaluation of US-Mexico history." - Cruz Medina, author of Reclaiming Poch@ Pop: Examining the Rhetoric of Cultural Deficiency


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Comparing Historias de Éxito with Success Stories

    Pimentel, Octavio

    Pages 1-12

  • Research Design and Method

    Pimentel, Octavio

    Pages 13-27

  • Haciendo y Compartiendo: Quetzin’s Historia de Éxito

    Pimentel, Octavio

    Pages 28-56

  • In Search of Prosperity at All Costs: Luis’s Historia de Éxito

    Pimentel, Octavio

    Pages 57-91

  • What Does All This Mean? Implications and Conclusions

    Pimentel, Octavio

    Pages 92-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities
Book Subtitle
Silenced Voices
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53288-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137532886
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53680-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50696-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 114
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