The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege: Auto-Ethnographic Collections of Mixed Identity

The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege: Auto-Ethnographic Collections of Mixed Identity

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The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege: Auto-Ethnographic Collections of Mixed Identity

Edited by Ellis Hurd

Published by Sense Publishers


Limited research exists on the intricacies of identity (Rodriguez, 2011). Clearly absent in the literature is an exposition or homily of the recursive, reflexive, and seemingly dichotomous identity experiences of those who are of mixed racial, socio-economic, and/or ethic/cultural backgrounds and/or experiences.

Because many people of mixed heritage and/or identity continuously find themselves marginalized (Foley, 2005), it makes sense to elaborate on their pain distinctively from their privilege. This critical yet vital stance helps to elucidate mixed identity journeys, those characterized by both pain and privilege.

Auto/Ethnographical works on mixed Native American, African, and Mestiza/Feminist experience (Anzaldúa, 2007; O’Connor, 1983; Simmons-Bonnin, 1899) show the complex dichotomy between what a person wants to be and what a person is forced to be. The stories vividly illustrate the plight of those who find themselves torn between one race or culture and another. These Mestizas never completely fit into the White or Native American/African/Latina cultures, caught in the middle between binary oppositions.

Yet these storied are disconnected from each other and from the interrelated discourse of pain and privilege. There is little to no mention of the discourse and its interrelated nature (Hurd, 2010). In fact, while some articles have been published on the mixed identity of adults and youth (Hurd, 2012a, 2012b) and the intersection of marginalized identities among youth (Harrison, 2015), there have been no books published exclusively on the exposition or homily of the recursive, reflexive, and seemingly dichotomous identity experiences of those who are of mixed backgrounds. Thus, a significant gap still exists within the research field and literature concerning this discourse, especially that of an international perspective.

People of mixed identity need to be empowered so that they can resist against racism and oppression of any kind (Harding, 1993; Hurd, 2012a).

This volume seeks to elucidate the mixed identity journeys of adults and youth, those characterized by both pain and privilege. Moreover, it aims to offer a fresh and critical perspective to people of indigenous and/or marginalized descent and identifications, a voice as they continue clearing a path for themselves and others that may soon follow.

Accordingly, I invite you to share your research, shared experiences, artistic collections, and/or artifacts concerning mixed heritage and/or identity. This volume is also an invitation to share on the perspectives of young adolescents (ages 10 to 15 years) who identify as being of mixed racial, socio-economic, and/or ethic/cultural backgrounds and/or experiences.

The volume has the following working title: The Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege: Auto-Ethnographic Collections of Mixed Identity. It is edited by Ellis Hurd, with an anticipated publication date in 2018. As editor, Ellis will serve as the primary contact for any inquiries. You may contact him with questions at:

Structure of the Volume

This volume will offer collections of various essays and artifacts (poems, letters, narratives, chapters, etc.) on the mixed identity experiences of indigenous and marginalized peoples, including adults and youth.

The volume will feature but is not limited to the following sections:

Exploring the Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege

Supporting Youth with Marginalized Identities

Exploring the Convergences of Identity and Cultural Responsiveness

Interrelated Homilies (movements) of Mixed Identity: An International Lens

On Being Mixed and Moving Forward

Proposal Submission Guidelines

All proposals should include the following:

1. Author(s), affiliation(s), and contact information

2. Working title of manuscript

3. Abstract/Summary of proposed manuscript (1 page or less)

4. A response to the following questions: How will your chapter contribute to the volume? For which section does your chapter fit in this volume?


1. Submitted Proposal of Manuscript due: January 5, 2018

2. Author Acceptance Notification:  February 2, 2018

3. Draft of Manuscript (chapter/essay/artifact) Due: April 13, 2018

4. Feedback and Changes Requested: May 4, 2018

5. Final Version Due: June 1, 2018

6. Draft of Book Volume to Publisher: August 2018


Please prepare your proposal (and accepted contribution) according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.). Please use references when and where necessary. Manuscripts should be prepared with one-inch margins, double-spaced in standard Times New Roman, and a 12-point font size.

Send all inquiries and proposals by electronic format to Please use the following in the subject line: Reflexivity of Pain and Privilege.

Guiding Questions and Perspectives

For those interested in contributing to the volume, please consider the following guiding questions:

1. How do you see yourself? How do others (i.e., family and friends) see you? Why? How has your mixed identity been received (or not) by those closest to you and by others?

2. What personal experiences have made you who you are today?

3. Do you feel your living, working, and/or schooling experiences have helped or hurt your mixed identity formation?

4. How has/will your mixed identity affect the town or locale and/or those round you, now and in the future?

5. How might we elucidate the voice of people of mixed identity, as they live and work and attend schools?

Contributions for research chapters, experiences, artistic collections, and/or artifacts concerning mixed heritage and/or identity are vital for providing diverse voices within the framework of people of indigenous and/or marginalized descent(s) and identification(s). These contributions could address the pain-privilege framework, recollections, personal reflections, or advice for professionals. These pieces should express diverse voices and/or personal perspectives.

This call asks you to consider mixed identity experiences within the context of the guiding framework:

1.Those of mixed identity construct/deconstruct their identities resulting from social systems.

2. These identities are socio-political and cultural-ecological descriptors of position and power, constantly developing who people may be and/or become.

3. Those of mixed identity may find they cannot fully identify (e.g., feel no tensions) within a singular race, culture, or social class due to societal fragmentations (change).

4. Those of mixed identity bear the insinuations of the past, for how their particular identity descriptors have come to exist.

5. Those of mixed identity experience pain and privilege by travelling between and negotiating within racial, cultural, or social groups and oppositional collective identities.


I truly look forward to hearing from and working with you on this volume.



Thank you, Ellis Hurd


Ellis Hurd, ED. D.

Associate Professor of Middle Level and Bilingual Education Co-Editor, Middle School Journal

Recruitment Work Team Chair, National Center for Urban Education

224 DeGarmo Hall, Campus Box 5330 Illinois State University

Normal, IL 61790-5330

Office: 309-438-5115 / Fax: 309-438-8659



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