ERIC Number: EJ1091264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Constructing "Deservingness": DREAMers and Central American Unaccompanied Children in the National Immigration Debate
Pérez Huber, Lindsay
Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, v9 n3 p22-34 2015
Utilizing a Latina/o Critical Theory framework (LatCrit), I examine the narratives that emerged within national newsprint media coverage of DREAMers and Central American unaccompanied children. Data included 268 newspaper articles published during periods of heightened national media attention about DREAMers (96 articles) and Central American unaccompanied children (172 articles). A content analysis revealed that prevalent and contradictory narratives created constructions of deservingness, where one group is positively portrayed as deserving of U.S. opportunity, and the other group, negatively portrayed as undeserving. The analysis shows that regardless of the positive or negative portrayals cast, constructions of "deservingness" are employed in these narratives that assigned values of non-nativeness to both groups that justify their continued subordination in U.S. society.
Descriptors: Children, Immigrants, Hispanic Americans, Critical Theory, News Reporting, Federal Legislation, Discourse Analysis, Undocumented Immigrants, Immigration, Political Influences, Racial Bias, Citizen Participation, Content Analysis, Child Welfare, Foreign Countries
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