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The Struggle over Cultural Citizenship: An Analysis of Political Participation in a Local Hispanic Community

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dc.contributor.advisor Sadana, Rashmi Robb, Nicholas J
dc.creator Robb, Nicholas J 2018-05-01 2018-08-08T20:14:02Z 2018-08-08T20:14:02Z
dc.description.abstract In pursuit to discover the causes of low levels of Hispanic political participation in the city of Winchester Virginia, this thesis employs Renato Rosaldo's concept of "cultural citizenship", explicating culture's role in political participation. The idea of "cultural citizenship" refers to not just the legal definition of citizenship, but the cultural elements that define citizenship as well. By analyzing the role culture plays in citizenship one can explain, in part, the causes of low levels of political participation within the local Hispanic community. Through an analysis of cultural attributes such as: language, family and community values, and political beliefs, this study aims to show that variances among these cultural attributes across generations of Hispanic immigrants lead to differences in political education and participation levels. The enculturation of younger Hispanics into U.S. society in particular, leads to increased levels of political education and participation, while older, usually first-generation Hispanics in Winchester, Virginia, tend to possess lower levels of political education and participation. This understanding of culture's influence on political education and participation can direct public outreach strategies used by local governments to increase participation among older first-generation Hispanic residents.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject citizenship en_US
dc.subject Hispanic en_US
dc.subject political participation en_US
dc.subject public involvement en_US
dc.subject cultural citizenship en_US
dc.title The Struggle over Cultural Citizenship: An Analysis of Political Participation in a Local Hispanic Community en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Anthropology en_US Master's en_US Anthropology en_US George Mason University en_US

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