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Making and Becoming the Undocumented and the Illegal: Discourses of Immigration and American Higher Education Policy

Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely

Education policy analysis archives, 2017-03-27, Vol.25, p.31 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Making and Becoming the Undocumented and the Illegal: Discourses of Immigration and American Higher Education Policy
  • Author: Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely
  • Subjects: immigration ; discourse ; policy
  • Is Part Of: Education policy analysis archives, 2017-03-27, Vol.25, p.31
  • Description: This paper discursively analyzes the public conversation around immigration as it intra-sects with state and federal policy, particularly in relation to higher education. I take in-state resident tuition policy as a departure point for an interpretive effort to explain how “undocumented” and “illegal” subject positions are produced through intra-secting policy texts, popular journalism, and presidential campaigns. I illustrate how the ethics produced through this policy regime act pedagogically, mediating understandings of students becoming reified into “undocumented” and/or “illegal” identities. I pay special attention to the discursive productions made available from policy texts, both state-based (e.g., CA Dream Act) and federal (e.g., DACA), highlighting the use of discourse analysis in the interrogation of social policy.
  • Publisher: Arizona State University
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1068-2341
    EISSN: 1068-2341
    DOI: 10.14507/epaa.25.2286
  • Source: Directory of Open Access Journals

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