Lisa Patel, Rocío Sánchez Ares
Lisa Patel, Associate Professor of Race,
Language and Education,
Lynch School of Education, Boston College.
Rocío Sánchez Ares,
PhD Student in Curriculum and Instruction,
Lynch School of Education, Boston College
“Coming Out as Undocumented:” Immigrant Youth Resistance in Oppressive Times.
The concept of resistance can be understood as a space in which racially minoritized, White, rich, poor, cisgender, queer youth all are overtly and differentially assigned and assign themselves. Resistance and risk-taking are fundamentally political acts, but they are also as imbued with identity politics, social relations, mainstream, and refractions of power and ideology as any constituting social force, such as family, schooling, and labor, which cannot be overlooked. In this presentation, we delve into the intricacies of youth resistance and risk-taking to better understand both the ways that youth are located and locate themselves when coming out as undocumented immigrants in the U.S. political arena. We ask and theorize what kinds of structures are created through the very act of “coming out.”