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ERIC Number: EJ1109701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1934-5267
Immigrant Narratives: Power, Difference, and Representation in Young-Adult Novels with Immigrant Protagonists
Clifford, Elizabeth; Kalyanpur, Maya
International Journal of Multicultural Education, v13 n1 2011
As of 2008, about 23% of children in the United States were immigrants or the children of immigrants. This paper examines how immigrants are portrayed in books aimed at teenagers. From a sample of 20 young-adult novels we look at the demographics of both protagonist and author and examine how three main themes are addressed: (1) experiences prior to immigration; (2) journeys of immigration; and (3) adjustments due to immigration. Finally, we explore how the issues of power, difference, and representation play out in these immigrant narratives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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