This thesis explores what "family" means to Mexican-Americans living in Northeastern Ohio. The methodology consisted of nine ethnographic interviews of Mexican-American individuals, who represented a variety of social variables. The interviews addressed the issues of extended familism and gender roles that had been extensively outlined in the literature. However, the subject matter of the interviews also necessitated the theoretical examination of cultural identity in the context of family. The identity of these individuals can be described as "Cultural Blending," a syncratic phenomenon in which elements of Mexican tradition and elements of the Anglo-American present are carefully combined. Another key element of this study that the literature did not address is the way in which these people actually define "family," and other associated concepts such as "mother," "father," and "godparent." While the family does serve specific functional purposes, it must also be considered as an ideological construct. Further research should be carried out to examine the experiences of Mexican-Americans and other ethnic minorities in ethnically isolated regions of the country such as Ohio. Future research should also explore the effects of internal migration and occupational demands on the lives of Mexican- Americans.
Sociology and Anthropology
Getrich, Christina M., "Re-Creating "Family": Tradition and Cultural Change Among Mexican-Americans in Northeastern Ohio" (1997). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6328.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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