|Title||An ethnography of Mexican migrants in Corvallis, Oregon : linguistic and social isolation|
McArdle, Theresa M.
Gross, Joan E. (advisor)
|Date Issued||1992-05-04 (iso8601)|
|Note||Graduation date: 1992|
|Abstract||Reflecting an effort to broaden the scope of research concerning Mexican
migration, this thesis describes the experiences of monolingual Spanish-speaking
Mexican migrants in Corvallis, Oregon and explores the roles of language and culture
in shaping these migrants' experiences. Data were collected through intensive
participant observation and semi-structured interviews.
Migrants arrive in Corvallis with little or no English language proficiency and
subsequently develop coping strategies. Ethnographic studies focusing on Mexican
migrants in the Pacific Northwest are lacking from the related literature on migration.
Studies investigating cultural and linguistic factors associated with Mexican migrants'
communication difficulties within the context of the United States are deficient as
This research, therefore, both adds to the extant literature on Mexican migration
and provides potentially useful information for the design of more effective programs
and policies targeted to the migrant community.
|Topic||Mexicans -- Oregon -- Corvallis -- Communication|