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American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy

Kate Vieira


American by Paper is a book about the consequences of papers—visas, green cards, and passports—for immigrant literacy. For immigrants, papers can mean the difference between family reunification and separation, a living wage and poverty, and sometimes life and death. Documented and undocumented, all 40 million migrants currently living in the U.S. must deal with papers. They often do so through everyday acts of writing. An ethnographic study, American by Papertells the story of how migrants write to attain papers, how they write when they cannot attain papers, and how their writing can functio ... More

Keywords: immigration, literacy, transnational, materiality, assimilation, education, Brazilian, Portuguese, papers, undocumented

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816697519
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816697519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Vieira, author
University of Wisconsin