Time: Wednesdays 6:00-8:45pm
Location: Clark 318
In this course, we will approach the topic of ideology through the lens of Mexican Americans' educational experiences in the US during the twentieth century. The realm of the classroom, then, will function as a case study for examining how Mexican Americans experience ideology and ideological "disciplining," and how the process of becoming an ideological subject impacts one's sense of ethnic identity.
The course is structured as a four-part journey that will enable us to understand ideology and its applications in Mexican American Studies. First, we will seek to define ideology through classic theoretical articulations and add to them the Foucauldian notion of "discipline." In part two, we will review historical and sociological views of how Mexican American identities are formed and expressed. Next, we will read two historical works on the foundations of inequality in public health and education that were laid out in the early twentieth century, the legacies of which haunt Mexican American students even today. Finally, we will read a variety of memoirs by Mexican American authors reflecting on the relationship between their ethnic identity and educational experience. Along the way, a variety of brief writing assignments will enable you to articulate your own responses to these complex ideas, as well as introduce you to graduate-level work.