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A Transnational Perspective of Latin American Immigrant Families in Canada

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Title: A Transnational Perspective of Latin American Immigrant Families in Canada
Author: Campbell, Cody William
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Public Issues Anthropology
Advisor: Leach, Belinda
Abstract: This research was developed to explore the question, what is the relationship between the experience of changing cultural identities and conflict within immigrant families? Applying a transnational perspective, this thesis presents original qualitative research that examined the perceptions of 16 Latin American immigrant individuals of their own cultural identity, their family life, and how their relationships have been affected by the process of immigration. Examining the data through a transnational lens, as well as incorporating theories of performative identity, I propose herein that immigrant families to Canada have fostered a perspective of Canadian family life typified by a lack of family-focused attitude. As a result, families seeking to perform Canadian cultural identity may end up performing this perceived lack of family-focused attitude in their own family lives.
Date: 2015-04
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