Pledging Allegiance: Learning Nationalism at the El Paso-Juárez Border


reviewed by Elaine Hampton — 2004

coverTitle: Pledging Allegiance: Learning Nationalism at the El Paso-Juárez Border
Author(s): Susan J. Rippberger, Kathleen A. Staudt, Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415934915 , Pages: 208, Year: 2002
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Darder (1995) searches for “a true America—an America of multiple cultures, multiple histories, multiple regions, multiple realities, multiple identities, multiple ways of living, surviving and being human.” Pledging Allegiance assists in that search and takes it farther into the search for the America of multiple countries and multiple political realities. Rippberger and Staudt juxtapose the asymmetric border environment with a look at citizenship curricula, hidden and formal, to provide a unique and critical lens into differences and similarities in nationalistic values and pedagogies of power.   Pledging Allegiance’s focus on the bi-national border community forces the reader to question long-held beliefs of the superiority of one country’s social, political, or cultural system over another’s. It is an enjoyable read that could be a Sunday afternoon’s enjoyment or an interesting tool to enhance higher-education coursework in areas such as sociology, political science, educational leadership, multicultural education, and border studies.    The El Paso-Ciudad Juárez community demonstrates oneness in society and culture as folks cross back and forth to visit family and friends, to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 999-1001
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11220, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 6:29:58 AM

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