Exiled Home: Salvadoran Transnational Youth in the Aftermath of Violence
Susan Bibler Coutin is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Nations of Emigrants: Shifting Boundaries of Citizenship in El Salvador and the United States; Legalizing Moves: Salvadoran Immigrants’ Struggle for U.S. Residency; and The Culture of Protest: Religious Activism and the U.S. Sanctuary Movement.
This chapter examines the imagined futures that shape U.S.-based interviewees’ present activism. Undocumented and temporarily authorized youth have sought the right to regularize their status, Central American students have founded new transnational campus organizations, and Salvadoran youth have also formed poetry collectives, produced literature, and developed historical memory projects. Through such activities, youth have sought to create space and mark time for their generation