The major theme for this book is that differences in identity continue to matter in all aspects of culture including the classroom and academic workplace. Women in academia continue to experience racism, ethnocentrism, nativism, sexism, and classism in higher education. Working in the Margins is an edited volume comprised of works by domestic and international communication scholars of diverse backgrounds in citizenship, language, ethnicity, race, class and educational heritage (first or second generation college educated). The title of this collection is a double entendre of the marginal place the contributors occupy in U.S. systems of higher education and how they reclaim these ascribed positions by invoking their bodies as text and communicating their stories of difference. Each chapter draws on critical and feminist perspectives and also intersectionality to develop critical strategies for teaching, surviving and/or thriving in higher education. The authors use autoethnography and other forms of storytelling to illuminate how they work in the margins of their difference to transform student learning and minority experiences in higher education. This volume is an excellent resource for undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and administrators in various fields of study, and particularly communication, education and ethnic studies. It is an important volume for students and scholars seeking to understand complex relationships among communication, identity, and power; seeing critical pedagogy at work; and using qualitative methodology. It is a highly recommended book for women and people of color transitioning from graduate school to professional academic positions.
Carolyn "Carolina" Rosas Webber (Ph.D., University of Utah) is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her teaching and research reflect her interests in identity, power and organizing processes. She is a 2018 recipient of the University of South Carolina's (system wide) RISE grant.
Acknowledgments - Carolyn "Carolina" Rosas Webber: Introduction: Working in the Margins of Our Difference - Leandra H. Hernández: Identity Politics in the Classroom: An Application of Critical Love to Teaching Difficult Topics in the Military Classroom Battlefield - Renu Pariyadath: Decolonize Your Textbook: Confronting White America and the North-South Divide in the Critical Intercultural Communication Classroom - Carolyn "Carolina" Rosas Webber: Navigating Toxic Communication in the Classroom and Tenure Process: Testimonio de una Atravesada - EunYoung Lee: Feminist Rhetorical Strategies to "Make It Real" in Communication Courses: A Korean Woman's Embodiment of Critical Pedagogy - Amy N. Heuman/Ma. Angela S. Labador: Forging a Critical Intercultural Mentoring Relationship Within the Margins of Academe - Carolyn "Carolina" Rosas Webber: Conclusion: Asian, Latinx, and White Women Transforming the Margins Through Critical Pedagogy - About the Editor and Contributors - Index.
"A timely and needed intervention into the hetero-patriarchal, classed, and xenophobic whiteness of higher education, this innovative collection advances the embodied knowledge of marginalized academics. Working in the Margins is a critical resource, both for those of us who must daily navigate the gendered/raced/sexed/national violence of academia as well as for those with the power to intervene in and help undo the whiteness of higher education."-Lisa A. Flores, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Colorado