Swimming: On oxygen, resistance, and possibility for immigrant youth under siege

Michelle Fine, Reva Jaffe-Walter, Pedro Pedraza, Valerie Futch, Brett Stoudt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

63 Scopus citations


In this article, we consider the ways in which educational policies and institutions today enable or obstruct young people who are immigrant English-language learners as they seek to cross cultural and educational borders. Contrasting a class action suit in California protesting high stakes testing that will significantly limit graduation rates, and an ethnographic analysis of the international high schools in which immigrant youth engage with cultural and educational depth and support and graduate at exceptional rates, this article challenges the current policy climate in which immigrant youth are increasingly under siege and at risk of being multiply undocumented. In the spirit of protest, we trace the many sites of resistance and possibility dotting the nation, in which educators, communities, families, advocates, and youth are demanding educational access and justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-96
Number of pages21
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007


Dive into the research topics of 'Swimming: On oxygen, resistance, and possibility for immigrant youth under siege'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this