The constitution of bilingual/ESL education as a disciplinary practice: Genealogical explorations

Jaime Grinberg, Elizabeth R. Saavedra

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This article provides a cultural and political critique of the constitution of bilingual/English-as-a-second-language (ESL) education as a disciplinary practice in the case of New Mexico. Using genealogy and postcolonial, poststructural, and critical frameworks, this article claims that the directions advanced by the Chicano/Chicana movement were lost. Instead, what emerged was a field that nurtured a mix of symbolic colonization and docilization through the construction of a settlement that controls thought and behavior, perpetuating misrecognition in a Bourdieuian sense. Illusion, collusion, and delusion have enabled the dominance of psycholinguistic approaches. Problematizing the constitution of bilingual/ESL education within a cultural and political sphere could foster an emancipatory education for marginalized students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-441
Number of pages23
JournalReview of Educational Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000


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