Framing Hostilities: Analysis of Mission Statements From Segregated Chicana/o Schools

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This study examined discourses used in mission statements from segregated Chicana/o and White schools. The words and phrases used in segregated Chicana/o school mission statements produce negatively oriented frames that make transparent low expectations and negative attitudes compared to those used in segregated White schools. These frames become part of a hegemonic milieu that produces hostilities in the schooling of Chicanas/os. I argue that schools can contribute to the creation of counter-hegemonic spaces by critically reflecting upon the discourses used in mission statements and selecting words and phrases that construct optimistic frames of Chicana/o students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-93
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Chicana/o
  • hegemony
  • mission statements
  • schools
  • segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Cultural Studies

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