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Knowledge in Pain: Interpreting the Lives of Community College Latinas and their Experiences with Ilness and Pain

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In this study, the women and I clearly used our time together to engage in forms of ideological critique, which can serve as a therapeutic engagement for both the participants and the interviewer. My participants were searching for opportunities to ‘vent’ and speak about the struggles in their everyday lives. My participants’ ‘talk’ challenged their positions and places at NMVCC while taking up ideological stances that served to reproduce dominant ideologies, such as white supremacy, within their personal and public lives. As with any ideological critique, ideologies should be studied for their material effects and as entities of the social relations that encompass worldviews 

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