A Qualitative Study of Culture, Identity, and Belonging Among Second Generation Brazilian Immigrants Living in Paraguay
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AbstractThe ethnic demographic characterizing much of Paraguay’s Eastern Border Region (EBR) is heavily comprised of Brazilian immigrants and their now Paraguayan-born descendants. Often referred to as “Brasiguayos” - these Brazilian immigrants reside in both inclusive migrant communities dominated by Brazilian culture and in culturally mixed cities where they attend school, do business, prosper, and co-exist alongside Paraguayans. Exploring the notion of a uniquely “Brasiguayo” identity, this qualitative study seeks to understand the different cultural settings that help construct the identity of second-generation Brasiguayos living in mixed communities. Employing a framework based on transnationalism, hybridism, and cultural citizenship, this project examines the attitudes second-generation Brasiguayos hold towards their citizenship, belonging, and civic engagement in Paraguay. It seeks to answer questions related to the different cultural spaces comprising the national identity of second-generation Brasiguayos; their understanding of the term Brasiguayo and of what it means to have a bicultural identity; their perception of the challenges of cultural integration into Paraguayan mainstream society; and their views regarding the future of the Brasiguayos in Paraguay.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Latin American Studies