'Soy Super-Colombiana:' Colombian Women in Madrid and the Paradoxes of Constructing Transnational Identities
AuthorScanlan, Jessica Leigh
Immigration to Spain
Committee ChairGosner, Kevin M.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn this thesis I examine the experiences of Colombian women who emigrated from various regions of Colombia to Madrid from 1996-2006. An analysis of this sort requires a preliminary explanation regarding factors that motivate women to emigrate from Colombia and immigrate to Spain. In this project, I reflect upon the paradoxes inherent in the construction of a transnational identity. Though some Colombian women adopt Spanish customs, constructing a transnational identity, the majority maintain a strong and vibrant Colombian identity, particularly through virtual connections with their families back home. A transnational identity is an emotional, personal identity and in the context of this project signifies the adoption of a Spanish identity by Colombian women. I utilize social network theory as the primary conceptual framework to analyze the role and significance of networks in fostering the construction of transnational identities and the maintenance of Colombian identities.
Degree ProgramLatin American Studies