Master of Arts (MA)
Education, Historical Trauma, Internalized oppression, Latinos, Narratives
Education; Hispanic American studies; Higher education
A qualitative study investigated the lived experiences and impact of internalized oppression within educational contexts. Six Latino-identified people--ages 22-38--who are current or former college students were interviewed about their early and adult educational experiences. A constant comparative methodology was used to identify commonalities found in participant narratives. Interview transcripts and field notes were analyzed to organize data into themes. Emergent themes included: (a) identity formation, (b) experience of racial micro-aggression in school, and (c) the value of acquiring an occupation being valued higher, in the household, than educational attainment. Findings provided insight into participant experiences with internalized oppression and educational practices. Results demonstrated that some participants did, in fact, experience internalized oppression which affected their educational experiences.
Avalos, Carolina, "Internalized oppression: Latino narratives on educational experience" (2013). Master's Theses. 4376.