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Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice

Amy Reed-Sandoval


What does it really mean to “be undocumented,” particularly in the contemporary United States? Political philosophers, policymakers and others often define the term “undocumented migrant” legalistically—that is, in terms of lacking legal authorization to live and work in one’s current country of residence. Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice challenges such a pure “legalistic understanding” by arguing that being undocumented should not always be conceptualized along such lines. To be socially undocumented, it argues, is to possess a real, visible, and embodied social identi ... More

Keywords: immigration, undocumented migration, irregular migration, identity, social identity, borders, Mexico, U.S.-Mexico border, demilitarization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190619800
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190619800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Reed-Sandoval, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Nevada