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Indigenous people's historical background and their current participation within the Mexican educational system and society

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Indigenous people's historical background and their current participation within the Mexican educational system and society

Martinez Santiago, Verónica (2010) Indigenous people's historical background and their current participation within the Mexican educational system and society. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The intent of this study is to explore and analyze the historical facts that have subjugated indigenous people, their knowledge, culture and values in Mexico during the colonial period and what has been the role of education in perpetuating colonial legacies. The Spanish conquest in Mexico deeply transformed Mesoamerican civilizations by developing different methods of exploitation as well as the imposition of colonial institutions. However, colonial practices relied on complex ideological mechanisms of power that are analyzed through postcolonial theory in order to better understand how reality is socially constructed, rather than inherently assumed. Regarding education, this study portrays how education has been used to perpetuate social inequalities by excluding and marginalizing indigenous people in Mexico. In doing so, this thesis attempts to raise inquiry about social reality and the core educational issues that are at stake in developing educational policies and practices. Thus, it is expected that this study will contribute in shaping different educational avenues for social change.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Martinez Santiago, Verónica
Pagination:vi, 107 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Educational Studies
Date:2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Barakett, Joyce
ID Code:979260
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 17:56
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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