Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists (Critical Studies of Latinos/as in the Americas) by Susana M. Muñoz

Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists (Critical Studies of Latinos/as in the Americas)

Book Title: Identity, Social Activism, and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented and Unafraid Community Activists (Critical Studies of Latinos/as in the Americas)

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

ISBN: 1433125579

Author: Susana M. Muñoz


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