Journal Article — The Tension of Opposites: Exploring Issues of Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in My Identity Formation — by Claudia Contreras

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Being a Salvadorian-American woman living in the United States, it was often difficult to preserve my own values and beliefs in a country where power and money seem to matter the most. Having grown up low- income household with immigrant parents, I was once determined to isolate myself from the “primitive” collective conscience of my family and achieve an identity that would make me a true “American” in a modern society. Along my journey, I discovered a “reality” that was full of biases against women, and minorities, along with an empty feeling of who I was. It was a challenge to break the norms of my patriarchal family and society and come to consider myself an independent woman. Now, as I embark on another journey, all these issues that seem so divided, play a great role as I pursue a career that will truly make me happy.

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Contreras, Claudia. 2004/2005. “The Tension of Opposites: Exploring Issues of Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in My Identity Formation.” Pp. 11-19 in Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Course Topic as well as Pedagogical Strategy (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume III, Issues 1&2,  2004/2005). Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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