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    An Important Part of Me

    A Dialogue About Difference

    Sofia Lico and Wendy Luttrell
    This article is an experiment in writing about and across differences; it seeks to open up dialogue between adults and young people in childhood and youth studies research. The coauthors, Sofia1 and Wendy, met through Wendy’s longitudinal research project, which explores the roles that gender, race, and immigrant status play in how young people represent themselves and their social worlds. In this article, Sofia and Wendy exchange their understandings of Sofia’s immigration experiences, and how her identity has changed from age ten to fifteen as she has navigated her bicultural and bilingual worlds.

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    1. Sofia’s name has been changed to protect her identity.

    Wendy Luttrell is a professor of Urban Education and Social-Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She studies the process of self and identity formation and transformation in school settings and how gender, race, class, and sexuality systems of inequality take root in young people’s self-evaluations and actions. She is the author of two award-winning books on this topic, Schoolsmart and Motherwise: Working-Class Women’s Identity and Schooling (1997) and Pregnant Bodies, Fertile Minds: Gender, Race and the Schooling of Pregnant Teens (2003), and is also the editor of Qualitative Educational Research: Readings on Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice (2010). Her current longitudinal projects, Children Framing Childhoods and Looking Back, examine the role that gender, race, and immigrant status play in how diverse young people growing up in working-class communities portray their social and emotional worlds. Throughout her career, Luttrell has directed community-based, university, and teacher inquiry projects dedicated to advancing affective, moral, and social justice in and around schools and that promote innovative research and teaching practices.
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    Winter 2011 Issue


    Children’s Need to Know
in Schools
    Susan Engel
    The Work Children Do
    Unpacking Gendered Conflict in an Elementary Classroom
    Hana Kawai and Emily Taylor
    An Important Part of Me
    A Dialogue About Difference
    Sofia Lico and Wendy Luttrell
    Acquiring Double Images
    White Preservice Teachers Locating Themselves in a Raced World
    Barbara Seidl and Stephen Hancock
    Writing to Read
    A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading
    Steve Graham and Michael Hebert

    Book Notes

    Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
    Edited by Eric Grodsky and Michal Kurlaender

    Gateway to Opportunity
    J. M. Beach

    Transforming Borders
    C. Alejandra Elenes

    Making Failure Pay
    Jill P. Koyama

    Drop That Knowledge
    Elisabeth Soep and Vivian Chavez

    A Cord of Three Strands
    Soo Hong

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