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.
Biographies and Nations
This chapter examines the relationships that 1.5-generation and second-generation youth forge with the United States and El Salvador. Unauthorized or temporarily authorized youth compared themselves to foster or illegitimate children of the United States, deportees challenged the grounds of their deportation, and many Salvadoran youth living in the United States sought to travel to El Salvador to revisit their pasts. Analyzing these practices reveals the ways that biographies are deployed to recuperate memory and claim membership