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ERIC Number: ED571713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3397-2893-3
(Im)migrant Voices: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Contemporary (Im)migrant Issues Faced by (Im)migrant University Students
Cantu, Elizabeth A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Arizona State University
This dissertation examines contemporary issues that 18 (im)migrant university students faced during a time of highly militarized U.S.-Mexico border relations while living in Arizona during the time of this dissertation research. Utilizing critical race theory and public sphere theory as theoretical frameworks, the project addresses several related research questions. The first is how did (im)migrant university students describe their (im)migrant experience while they lived in the U.S. and studied at a large southwestern university? Second, what can (im)migrant university student experiences tell us about (im)migrant issues? Third, what do (im)migrant university students want people to know about (im)migration from reading their story? Three conceptual constructs, each composed of three categories, that described the different (im)migrant experiences in this study emerged through data analysis. The first of these conceptual constructs was the "racialized/ing (im)migrant experience" that categorically was divided into "systemic exclusions," "liminal exclusions," and "micro-social contextual exclusions." The second concept that emerged was the "passed/ing (im)migrant experience" where (im)migrant university students shared that they felt they had a systemic pathway to citizenship and/or that their immigration authorization gave them privilege. This concept was also categorically divided into "systemic inclusions," "liminal inclusions," and "micro-social contextual inclusions." The last concept was the "negotiated/ing (im)migrant experience," which described ways that (im)migrant university students negotiated their space/place in the public sphere while attending a large, public university in Arizona. As with the other two concepts, three categories emerged in relation to "negotiated/ing (im)migrant experience": "systemic negotiations," "liminal negotiations," and "micro-social contextual negotiations." It is (im)migrant university student experiences that give individuals a better understanding of the complexities that surround immigration. The (im)migrant narratives also highlight that inclusion and exclusion from the public sphere is a complex and dynamic process because all (im)migrant students, including U.S. citizens, experienced moments of inclusion and exclusion from the U.S. public sphere. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona