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by Mary Louise Gomez - 2019

In this chapter, Mary Louise recounts Toni Morrison’s (2017) arguments in The Origin of Others about what grounds peoples’ sorting and ranking of persons they consider unlike them in aspects of race, social class, gender-nonconforming identity, or language background. She recounts how her own Latinx family engaged in such conversation about people they saw as not conforming to expected standards of behavior in 1950's and 1960's small-town New England life. Although they were themselves derided for their social class and language background, they nonetheless held so-called “others” accountable for their religious, marital, employment, or cultural nonconformity. Mary Louise likens her family’s cataloguing of the failures of “others” to contemporary perspectives on people seen as outside of those with privileged identities.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 13, 2019, p. 1-6
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23006, Date Accessed: 9/23/2021 8:24:37 PM

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  • Mary Louise Gomez
    University of Wisconsin–Madison
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    MARY LOUISE GOMEZ is Professor of Literacy Studies & Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she has served on the faculty of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for over 30 years. Her research focuses on how prospective and practicing teachers learn to teach students who are unlike themselves in various aspects of their identities, including race, ethnicity, language background, sexual orientation, gender, and social class. She draws on methods of narrative inquiry and life history to generate, gather, and analyze her data.
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