ERIC Number: EJ1113362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Undocumented and Unafraid: Understanding the Disclosure Management Process for Undocumented College Students and Graduates
Muñoz, Susana M.
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n6 p715-729 Sep 2016
Previous qualitative studies on undocumented college students have primarily focused on their lived experiences; however, little research has been done to consider the disclosure process or identity management for undocumented students, particularly students who self-identify as "undocumented and unafraid." Using research on legal consciousness and disclosure of hidden identities, I employed Latin@ critical race theory as an analytic lens to examine the many processes through which undocumented students "come out" within the context of higher education and beyond. Based on interviews with 7 Latin@ undocumented college students and graduates, in this article I explore 3 themes: biographical construction of legal status, the fluidity of fear, and empowered disclosure.
Descriptors: College Students, College Graduates, Undocumented Immigrants, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Identification, Critical Theory, Race, Hispanic American Students, Interviews, Legal Problems, Fear, Student Empowerment, Student Motivation, Constructivism (Learning), Student Attitudes, Data Analysis, Qualitative Research, Court Litigation
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