Academic Agency and the Burden of Perfectionism



In this chapter, I offer my thoughts around academy agency and the burden of perfectionism that undocumented students face. I solidify my argument that undocumented students’ quest to achieve academically simultaneously provides an agentic space to cultivate an empowering self-identity while forcing them to involuntarily perform the role of infallible non-citizen citizen. Drawing from the borderland love ethic framework, I conclude by reconnecting my own personal experiences as once undocumented to now hyperdocumented immigrant to those of the participants, drawing conclusions and posing questions for the reader to ponder. Finally, using undocumented students and my own process as an example, I encourage readers to write themselves into academia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationLoyola University School of EducationChicagoUSA

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