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Lives in Limbo

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1 hour 31 minutes 10 seconds

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Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Education Policy | Family, Life Course, and Society | Higher Education | Inequality and Stratification | Migration Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Secondary Education


Dr. Roberto Gonzales (assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education) discusses his book Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, which chronicles his 12-year research study on 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, California. Lives in Limbo is a vivid ethnography that explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in the United States. Gonzales explains the failures of a system that integrates children into K-12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor.


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