Mexican immigrants in meatpacking areas of Kansas: transition and acquisition of cultural capital

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dc.contributor.author Aguilar R., Daniel E.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-06T14:08:19Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-06T14:08:19Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-06T14:08:19Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/694
dc.description.abstract A number of cities in Kansas have experienced rapid growth in Hispanic population during the last twenty five years, due to immigration related in particular to the development of the meatpacking industry in the region. Garden City, Dodge City, and Liberal in southwest Kansas and Emporia in eastern Kansas have undergone significant transformation due to the influx of immigrants, the large majority of whom are of Mexican background. The present research approaches these immigrants from a sociological perspective, observing their cultural characteristics in order to understand who they are, and the process they face when adapting to the receiving environment, as a process of acquisition of cultural capital (Bourdieu 1977). This study focuses on the elements from Midwestern culture that are adopted and adapted, as well as the elements from the immigrants' cultural backgrounds that are softened or modified in order to fit within the receiving environment. The study examines these processes, from the theoretical perspective modeled by Pierre Bourdieu, as an attempt to develop an interpretive and comprehensive approach of immigrant experiences. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Mexican Immigrants en
dc.subject Cultural Capital en
dc.subject Kansas en
dc.subject Immigration en
dc.title Mexican immigrants in meatpacking areas of Kansas: transition and acquisition of cultural capital en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en
dc.description.level Doctoral en
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en
dc.description.advisor Gerad D. Middendorf en
dc.subject.umi Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies (0631) en
dc.subject.umi Sociology, General (0626) en
dc.date.published 2008 en
dc.date.graduationmonth May en


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