Immigration and College Ideologies: The Experiences of First, Second, and Third Generation Immigrants from México to the United States
AuthorRodriguez, Karina Marie
AdvisorMilem, Jeffrey F.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe focus of this study was to analyze the way in which my family members viewed education after immigrating from México to the United States. I used portraiture methodology to conduct interviews and narratives of the maternal and paternal sides of my family. They were all in agreement that education is important, and that it is a key tool for social mobility here in the United States. These ideas were consistent throughout the interviews, regardless of generational status and regardless of whether the person attended college or not. The differences came in the experiences of navigating the educational system in this country. There was a stark contrast between the paths to success of my maternal and paternal sides of the family. I propose that because my dad's side of the family immigrated sooner and assimilated faster in American society, they were able to take advantage of more resources available to them. Their view of and goals for a higher education were more established and attainable than for the members of my mom’s side of the family who faced different barriers including having to learn English.
Degree ProgramGraduate College