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Aspiring Citizens: Undocumented Youth's Pursuit of Community and Rights in Arizona

Abstract In recent years the state of Arizona passed a series of laws affecting undocumented immigrants, including Proposition 300 in 2006 outlawing in-state tuition for undocumented youth. However, there has also been a reaction from these youth who refused to be relegated to the shadows and are demanding rights. Using mixed ethnographic methods, this dissertation research analyzes how undocumented Mexican youth in Arizona have experienced liminality after the passage of Proposition 300 as well as their ability to utilize their increased marginalization in order to build community amongst themselves and fight for basic rights--a process known as cultural citizenship. These immigrant youth are of the 1.5 generation, who are brought to the United Sta... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Ruth, Alissa (Author) / Tsuda, Takeyuki (Advisor) / Wutich, Amber (Committee member) / Provine, Doris Marie (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cultural anthropology / community / cultural citizenship / Dreamers / immigrants / rights / undocumented youth
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 210 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Anthropology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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