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A Death RetoldJesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship$
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Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston, and Peter Guarnaccia

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830598

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877524_wailoo

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Imagining the Nation, Imagining Donor Recipients

Imagining the Nation, Imagining Donor Recipients

Jesica Santillan and the Public Discourse of Belonging

(p.276) Imagining the Nation, Imagining Donor Recipients
A Death Retold

Leo R. Chavez

University of North Carolina Press

Jesica's story is a window through which public opinion about immigration in general, and Mexican immigration in particular can be examined. This chapter explores the impact of fundamental oppositions in the American cultural imaginary, the ways in which Jesica's story tapped into the representation of undocumented Mexican immigrants as a national threat, and the manner in which it forces individuals to reflect on issues of belonging, of legitimacy, and the rewards of membership in the community or nation.

Keywords:   Jesica Santillan, public opinion, immigration, Mexican immigrants, legitimacy

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