Stepping beyond Sí Se Puede: Dichos as a cultural resource in mother - Daughter interaction in a Latino family

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This mother - daughter case study focuses on a key feature of discourse within a Mexican immigrant family that links oral traditions to resilience and motivation. I combine observations from a previous ethnographic study with recent follow-up interviews of a Mexican immigrant student building on a funds of knowledge framework and an ecological perspective. Expanding on current mother - daughter pedagogic theory, I map "dichos" as they are emblematic of cultural funds of knowledge and how they assume a relationship to resistance and academic attainment for a young Mexican immigrant. The findings challenge the notion that working-class Latino families do not care about the educational fortunes of their youth and lack knowledge and resources to guide their children academically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)260-277
Number of pages18
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007



  • Funds of knowledge
  • Mexican immigrant family
  • Parent involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology

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