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Publisher: Hampton Press

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Liliana Castañeda Rossmann is Professor of Communication at California State University, San Marcos. She earned an M.A. in International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research and teaching interests are in storytelling by Mexican migrants, especially as it pertains to identity development, conflict, mediation, and dialogue. In Transcending Gangs, she draws from an eclectic array of approaches—from the UN Peacekeepers and Conflict Coaching to community centers and organic vegetable co-ops—to envision what girls’ lives could be like despite the presence of gangs. How do gang-involved girls find other ways of being and acting in the world? Awareness of the effects of gangs on their lives is achieved through storytelling, and storytelling helps them transcend the gang, craft new identities, and help others inhabit new identities. The “Story of Esperanza” shows resources that girls need—economic, social, political, community, cultural, interactional, and, crucially, storytelling—on their journey to transcend gangs and inhabit more just social worlds.


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