The American Dream Deferred: The Effects of Racialization on the Assimilation of First Generation Mexican Migrants in the Twin Cities

The American Dream Deferred: The Effects of Racialization on the Assimilation of First Generation Mexican Migrants in the Twin Cities

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This dissertation examines how the racialization of first-generation Mexican migrants living in the Twin Cities, MN places limitations on their ability to fully assimilate into mainstream culture and society. Upon entering the U.S., Mexican migrants are racialized in accord with the pre-existing racial hierarchy, resulting in their designation as racial minorities. As such, they often find themselves in a disadvantaged position from which they must adjust to and learn how to strategically negotiate their newly imposed racial identity. In light of this, the dissertation explores how this process of racialization affects their perceptions of and desires for assimilation into the mainstream and how members of the host society treat and receive them, as both immigrants and racial minorities. Through the use of in-depth interviews and participant observation, migrants' everyday experiences, particularly those that directly involve their racial and ethnic identities, are examined to determine how their racialization directly impacts processes of assimilation. Moreover, their experiences with racialization and the consequences that arise are used to speak to the overall structure and nature of U.S. race relations and the need to understand the specific experiences of non-black racial minorities in order to expand conceptions of race and racism in the U.S. and how the process of assimilation works.The West Side of St. Paul is home to the District del Sol, which a thriving commercial area comprised of primarily small ... 7 http://www.clac.state.mn.us/pdf/ demooverview/brief.pdf 8 http://www.demography.state.mn.us/PopNotes.pdf 9anbsp;...


Title:The American Dream Deferred: The Effects of Racialization on the Assimilation of First Generation Mexican Migrants in the Twin Cities
Author: Tiffany Yvonne Davis
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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