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The Struggles of Identity, Education, and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students

The Burden of Hyperdocumentation


  • Questions the pursuit of documentation as a means to legitimacy and acceptance in American society

  • Includes elements of personal narrative, empirical research and methodological approaches

  • Argues that undocumented students’ quest to achieve in academia provides an agentic space to cultivate an empowering self-identity while forcing them to involuntarily perform the role of infallible non-citizen citizen


About this book


This book weaves together two distinct and powerfully related sources of knowledge: the author’s journey and transition from a once undocumented immigrant from Guatemala to a hyperdocumented academic, and five years of on-going national research on the identity, education, and agency of undocumented college students. In interlacing both personal experiences with findings from her empirical qualitative research, Chang explores practical and theoretical pedagogical, curricular, and policy-related discussions around issues that impact undocumented immigrants while provide compelling rich narrative vignettes. Collectively, these findings support the argument that undocumented students can cultivate an empowering self-identity by performing the role of infallible cultural citizen. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationLoyola University School of EducationChicagoUSA

About the authors

Aurora Chang is Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University, USA. 

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