Chapter 8: Testimonio: artful inquiry into counter-stories of people on the margins
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LatCrit, a strand of Latinx Critical Race Theory, places issues of race and discrimination at its center, exposing the stress and trauma that results from long-established, systemic racism in the Americas. LatCrit researchers seek to promote social justice for the Latinx community through exploring stories of inequity, marginalization, and oppression. Testimonios, rooted in Latin American storytelling traditions, are first-person accounts of socially significant events. This important methodological tool gives voice to participants and leads to new understandings of individual and collective experiences. Various qualitative inquiry techniques, i.e., heuristic processing, responsive interviewing, code weaving, themeing, and polyphonic storytelling, empower the testimonio scholar to act as a bricoleur. The purpose of the study, to give voice to the oppressed, drives the iterative data collection and analysis phases, resulting in a reflexive, complex methodological array. Adaptive, sensitive inquiry into the lived reality of the participants flourishes due to democratic positioning of the researcher and participants. This mosaic of narrative tools liberates the counter-story of the participants and ultimately serves to raise the critical consciousness of readers.

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