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Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Publication date December 15, 2015
Pages 287
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780520287266
ISBN-10 0520287266
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $29.95
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“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.



 


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With Roberto G. Gonzales | from Univ of California Pr (December 15, 2015)
9780520287259 | details & prices | 287 pages | 6.00 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $65.00
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With Roberto G. Gonzales | from Univ of California Pr (December 15, 2015)
9780520287266 | details & prices | 287 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.96 lbs | List price $29.95
About: “My world seems upside down.

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