ERIC Number: ED122994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Utility of Internal Colonialism as an Explanation for the Political and Social Marginality of Mexican Americans.
Carroll, John M.
Three hypotheses were tested to determine whether the social and political marginality of the Mexican American community resulted from an internal colonial relationship with the dominant Anglo society: (1) an expanding Anglo American society in the 19th century established an unequal relationship by force with the indigenous Mexican population in the Southwest; (2) present socioeconomic and political conditions in the Mexican American community parallel those found in an internal colony; and (3) Mexican Americans perceived themselves as living in a condition which was conceptually of a colonized nature. Documentation of historical data through literature reviews was used to test the first hypothesis. The second hypothesis was assessed by using census data and reviews of literature on the characteristics of the socioeconomic and political conditions of Mexican Americans. Data from a questionnaire, designed to ascertain cognitive and evaluative attitudes of Mexican American children toward political and social institutions, were used to test the third hypothesis. The evidence, when linked together, indicated a pattern of colonization. Factors of economic control and exploitation and political and social subordination were present in the colonial relationship. Given the presence of this pattern of systemic domination, internal colonialism appeared to be the most adequate explanation for the marginality of Mexican Americans. (NQ)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Colonialism, Community Attitudes, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Conflict, Intergroup Relations, Literature Reviews, Masters Theses, Mexican American History, Mexican Americans, Political Attitudes, Questionnaires, Social Attitudes, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Attitudes
Inter-Library Loan, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79999
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: MA Thesis, University of Texas at El Paso