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Lives in limbo : undocumented and coming of age in America / Roberto G. Gonzales ; with a foreword by Jose Antonio Vargas.

Author/Creator:
Gonzales, Roberto G., 1969- author.
Publication:
Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2016.
Format/Description:
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1 online resource (318 pages)
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Subjects:
Children of undocumented immigrants -- United States -- Social conditions.
Children of undocumented immigrants -- United States -- Education.
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Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
"My world seems upside down. I have grown up but I feel like I'm moving backward. And I can't do anything about it." -Esperanza Over two million of the nation's eleven million undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States since childhood. Due to a broken immigration system, they grow up to uncertain futures. In Lives in Limbo, Roberto G. Gonzales introduces us to two groups: the college-goers, like Ricardo, who had good grades and a strong network of community support that propelled him to college and DREAM Act organizing but still landed in a factory job a few short years after graduation, and the early-exiters, like Gabriel, who failed to make meaningful connections in high school and started navigating dead-end jobs, immigration checkpoints, and a world narrowly circumscribed by legal limitations. This vivid ethnography explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in America. Mining the results of an extraordinary twelve-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Lives in Limbo exposes the failures of a system that integrates children into K-12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor.
Contents:
Chapter 1. Contested Membership over Time
Chapter 2. Undocumented Young Adults in Los Angeles: College-Goers and Early Exiters
Chapter 3. Childhood: Inclusion and Belonging
Chapter 4. School as a Site of Belonging and Conflict
Chapter 5. Adolescence: Beginning the Transition to Illegality
Chapter 6. Early Exiters: Learning to Live on the Margins
Chapter 7. College-Goers: Managing the Distance between Aspirations and Reality
Chapter 8. Adulthood: How Immigration Status Becomes a Master Status
Chapter 9. Conclusion: Managing Lives in Limbo.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Contributor:
Vargas, Jose Antonio, writer of introduction.
ISBN:
0-520-96241-9
OCLC:
1102805786
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520962415 doi