New book: Undocumented Storytellers

For those of you who are interested in or work with life stories and mediated stories in community media: Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement offers a critical exploration of the ways undocumented immigrants in the United States harness the power of storytelling to mitigate the fear and uncertainty of life without legal status and to advocate for immigration reform.

Sarah C. Bishop is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, with affiliations in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College and she has worked on oral history and migration. She draws from a mixed methodology of interviews with undocumented immigrants from eighteen unique nations of origin, critical-rhetorical ethnographies of immigrant rights events and protests, and narrative analysis of immigrant-produced digital media to chronicle the ways young activists uncover their lack of legal status experientially and make the decision to cultivate public voices. Providing an unparalleled view into the ways undocumented storytellers reframe their messages when stories have unintended consequences, Bishop offers broad insights into the role of strategic framing and autobiographical story-sharing in advocacy and social movements.

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