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Title: Hidden faces, scaled spaces : Latinos/as in the heartland
Author: Jennings, Joel Philip
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2009
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This dissertation examines the practices and processes that shape Latino/a citizenship through an examination of the Latino/a population in St. Louis, Missouri. This research employs a practice-based notion of citizenship to examine the ways that the Latino/a population, regardless of legal status, is creating lived spaces of citizenship. The study particularly focuses on the ways that emergent geographies of Latino/a citizenship are being contested, and how efforts to establish and defend citizenship claims require scale-specific methods. This investigation draws on data collected during a fourteen month period of fieldwork that entailed the use of qualitative and quantitative methods, including participant observation, extensive in-depth interviews, a quantitative survey and discourse analysis of media reports and printed materials. Data generated includes more than 50 semi- structured interviews, conducted between October 2004 and August of 2005, with several follow-up interviews conducted during the summer of 2006. The study also includes a community survey of 586 Latino/a individuals from around the St. Louis region, which is used to establish a demographic baseline of an extremely fluid immigrant population. I argue that Latino/a residents are creating geographies of political presence in Missouri through the creation of alliances that include Latinos/as of all legal statuses as well as non-Latino/a organizations who support immigrant rights. In the context of municipal governance, in contrast, the Latino/a population is responding to the downward shift of the immigration debate. The Latino/a population in St. Louis is also establishing spaces of citizenship through partnerships between the federal government and local civil society organisations. This dissertation contributes to a growing number of studies theorizing the multi-scalar construction of citizenship.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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