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Speaking up, rising above: Latina lived citizenship in the metropolitan US South


Lanari,  Elisa       
Socio-Cultural Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Lanari, E. (2022). Speaking up, rising above: Latina lived citizenship in the metropolitan US South. Citizenship Studies, 26(1), 38 -54. doi:10.1080/13621025.2021.2011143.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000B-6D7A-3
Based on original ethnographic material, this piece explores the
relationship between legally precarious Latina migrants and the co-
ethnic activists serving as their advocates and mentors, treating this
relationship as generative of a dynamic process of being and
becoming political for migrant women and youth in the metropo-
litan US South. I adopt an intersectional and intergenerational
feminist lens to analyze Latino educational and civic engagement
programs in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, showing how migrant
mothers, daughters, activists, and educators inside these programs
became variously implicated in cultivating and performing new
right claims to the local community. Overall, the piece contributes
to theorizing the intertwined normative and subversive dimensions
of lived citizenship, showing how intersubjective processes and
radical acts of care are central to the ways racialized migrants re-
imagine citizenship and belonging in hostile new destinations.