Title
Gaining a voice : storytelling and undocumented youth activism in Chicago Gaining a voice : storytelling and undocumented youth activism in Chicago
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
San Diego, Calif. ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Mobilization. - San Diego, Calif., 1996, currens
Volume/pages
20(2015) :3 , p. 345-360
ISSN
1086-671X
ISI
000365418000004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In recent years, undocumented youth have come out of the shadows to claim their rights in the United States. By sharing their stories, these youth gained a voice in the public debate. This article integrates insights from the literature on narratives and emotions to study how storytelling is employed within the undocumented youth movement in Chicago. I argue that undocumented youth strategically use storytelling for diverging purposes depending on the context, type of interaction, and audience involved. Based on ethnographic research, I show that storytelling allows them to incorporate new members, mobilize constituencies, and legitimize grievances. In each of these contexts, emotions play a key role in structuring the social transaction between storyteller and audience. Storytelling is thus a community-building, mobilizing, and claims-making practice in social movements. At a broader level, this case study demonstrates the power of storytelling as a political tool for marginalized populations.
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