CPF: Special Edited Journal Issue (Peer-reviewed): Undocumented Latina/o Students and Education: Socio-political Contexts
With the 2006 immigration reform protests, the 2010 passage of Arizona's draconian SB 1070, and bold and unprecedented youth organizing efforts in support of the DREAM Act, students have been at the forefront of contemporary Latina/o activism and efforts to fully and purposefully incorporate the undocumented Latin American population into the United States. Over the past decade, their increasing educational and political visibility has been paralleled by a blossoming of research and writing by and about undocumented youth and students. The most developed area of research has focused on challenges and experiences pursuing their educational and career goals through high school and higher education and/or has been conducted in California, home of a shrinking yet still substantial proportion of the nation's undocumented population. In this special journal issue, we seek to bring scholars together who are researching this topic in different geographic regions across the country, to provide a holistic picture of the plight of students who grew up undocumented in the United States.
Heeding de Genova's (2002) call to challenge the naturalization of "illegal" immigration and theorize the ways that Mexican and Latin American migration has been constructed as illegal over time and the assertion by youth, immigrants, and faith-based activists that "no human being is illegal," this special journal issue will connect legal and policy work on undocumented migration with ethnographic and other empirical work on the lived experiences of undocumented students (K-12, university, and adult education) in and out of schools.
Manuscript submissions may address yet are not limited to the following themes:
* Identity construction and undocumented students
* Social and political contexts of the education of undocumented students
* Citizenship and undocumented students
* Political activism and undocumented students
* Law, policy, and undocumented students
We also seek reports from the field that analyze the challenges that Latinas/os face on a daily basis from an activist perspective and are neglected by mainstream media. These may include reflections on local struggles.
interviews with Latino/as who are making contributions in their local community, or nationwide (e.g. authors, artists, community activists, union leaders, etc.) in relation to undocumented students. (8-10 pages double-spaced).
De Genova, N. (2002). Migrant "illegality" and deportability in everyday life. Annual
Review of Anthropology, 3:419-447.
Complete manuscripts (limit 8,000 words) are due Oct. 15, 2011. Please indicate in your cover letter that the submission is for the special issue on Undocumented Students and the Socio-political Context of Education. Submissions that are selected will go through a rigorous peer-review process prior to publication.
Guest Editors: Hinda Seif (University of Illinois at Springfield), Char Ullman (University of Texas at El Paso), Guillermina Nuņez-Mchiri (University of Texas at El Paso)
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