The simultaneity of experience: Multiple identities and symbolic uses of language among Mexican-Americans

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Title:
The simultaneity of experience: Multiple identities and symbolic uses of language among Mexican-Americans
Author:
Messing, Jacqueline Henriette Elise, 1968-
Issue Date:
1995
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This thesis focuses on multiple identity constructions and symbolic uses of language among Mexican-Americans in Arizona. The concept of a homogeneous "Mexican-American community" is shown to be a construct--an imagined community. Building on anthropological conceptualizations of identity, and studies in language and identity, a framework of the simultaneity of experience focuses the analysis in terms of ethnicity, class, and gender, framing a discussion of the emotional dimension of minority status and the symbolic function of language in identity. Rather than offer a comprehensive analysis of a bounded Mexican-American identity, this paper offers insight into the construction of multiple identities, through the analysis of discourse from a small group of people; individual voices are highlighted through the use of case studies. Conceptualizations of identity construction are problematized, including the common expectation of heterogeneity in ethnic groups such as those of Mexican heritage.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Anthropology, Cultural.; Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.; Language, General.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Anthropology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Philips, Susan U.
Committee Chair:
Philips, Susan U.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe simultaneity of experience: Multiple identities and symbolic uses of language among Mexican-Americansen_US
dc.creatorMessing, Jacqueline Henriette Elise, 1968-en_US
dc.contributor.authorMessing, Jacqueline Henriette Elise, 1968-en_US
dc.date.issued1995-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis focuses on multiple identity constructions and symbolic uses of language among Mexican-Americans in Arizona. The concept of a homogeneous "Mexican-American community" is shown to be a construct--an imagined community. Building on anthropological conceptualizations of identity, and studies in language and identity, a framework of the simultaneity of experience focuses the analysis in terms of ethnicity, class, and gender, framing a discussion of the emotional dimension of minority status and the symbolic function of language in identity. Rather than offer a comprehensive analysis of a bounded Mexican-American identity, this paper offers insight into the construction of multiple identities, through the analysis of discourse from a small group of people; individual voices are highlighted through the use of case studies. Conceptualizations of identity construction are problematized, including the common expectation of heterogeneity in ethnic groups such as those of Mexican heritage.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectAnthropology, Cultural.en_US
dc.subjectSociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies.en_US
dc.subjectLanguage, General.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorPhilips, Susan U.en_US
dc.contributor.chairPhilips, Susan U.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPhilips, Susan U.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHill, Janeen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGonzález, Normaen_US
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