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American by PaperHow Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy$
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Kate Vieira

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816697519

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816697519.001.0001

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“It’s Not Because of the English”

“It’s Not Because of the English”

Literacy Lives of the Young

(p.111) 4 “It’s Not Because of the English”
American by Paper

Kate Vieira

University of Minnesota Press

The young adults in Chapter Four experienced blocked upward mobility, but not because of lack of English literacy, as is usually thought. Instead, their problem was papers. This chapter describes how concerns with papers infused young people’s everyday literacy experiences, as they wrote to pass both their classes and the border checkpoints that pervaded school and state.

Keywords:   upward mobility, young adults, English literacy, border checkpoints, documentation, state

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