Public misperceptions about undocumented immigrants in United States.

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Show simple item record Ortiz, Rosa Y. 2011-08-11T16:54:15Z 2011-08-11T16:54:15Z 2011-08-11
dc.description.abstract Undocumented immigrants are an exploited and disenfranchised faction of society that garner counterfactual attitudes by the public. This study aims to dispel myths held among the public by contesting fiction with facts. First, I argue that media sources and misinformation have culpability in inciting the publics' misguided perceptions about undocumented immigrants. For example, the images propelled to viewers reproduce moral panics, stratification, subjugation, social injustice and the fallacious notion that Mexican‟s are representative of all Hispanic unauthorized immigrants. This thesis then examines the public opinion responses of participants from the CBS and New York Times monthly survey poll of May 2007, compared to academic and government sources on health care, terrorism, and economics. The analysis concludes that participants‟ responses reveal misconceptions on the usage of health care by undocumented immigrants; the threat of terrorism as a means to deny Hispanics citizenship; the economic impact of cost to benefit analysis of the undocumented; and that Mexicans are not representative of all undocumented immigrant groups. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Immigration en_US
dc.subject Public opinion en_US
dc.subject Undocumented Immigrants en_US
dc.subject Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Media en_US
dc.subject Hispanics en_US
dc.title Public misperceptions about undocumented immigrants in United States. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Laszlo Kulcsar en_US
dc.subject.umi Social Research (0344) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology (0626) en_US 2011 en_US August en_US

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