For motherscholars, M(other)work cannot be disjointed. I use the Chicana M(other)work framework to chart juxtapositions of my mothering and scholaring. I rely on testimonios that deepen the coexistence of mother and academician identities. I examine the ways that these responsibilities overlap and strengthen to give rise to my resistance stance of Chicana M(other)work in a COVID-19 context. I draw on Chicana M(other)work to elucidate the entanglements of mother-scholar and the discomforts that arose from attempting to segregate identities, working against what I developed to be my identity as a mother in the workforce. I explore the ways in which I was participating in a separatist social narrative and how these testimonios highlight the false belief that I was a mother-scholar rather than a motherscholar.
Chicana Motherscholar and the Rise of the Resistance During Times of COVID
Diana Riviera is a first-generation Chicana motherscholar, writer, and poet. She’s part-time faculty at Capella University’s School of Psychology and Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She received her PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at NSU. She favors a qualitative contemplative praxis and arts-based knowledge production and presentation approach. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
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Diana Riviera; Chicana Motherscholar and the Rise of the Resistance During Times of COVID. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2022; 11 (4): 61–75. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2022.11.4.61
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