Out of the Shadows: Testimonio as Civic Participation

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Abstract

This article draws from a 23-month ethnographic study of mixed-status families living in an emerging Latino/a community to examine 3 undocumented mothers’ participation in the act of giving testimonio, or testimony. In this context, testimonio serves as a grassroots tactic for political advocacy and community formation that compensates for and reacts against the limited opportunities for civic participation afforded noncitizens. The findings indicate that giving testimonio in both public and domestic settings constitutes a form of civic participation in which undocumented mothers actually attempt to move out of the shadows and into a more public domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-260
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Latinos and Education
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

Keywords

  • Diaspora
  • activism
  • ethnography
  • languages
  • migration/transnationalism
  • parent and community

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