Watching and learning from the shadows : political knowledge among DREAMEer Latinos

dc.contributor.advisorLeal, David L.
dc.creatorTafoya, Joe Roberten
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-22T20:09:20Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2014en
dc.date.updated2014-09-22T20:09:20Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe fate of undocumented youth recently overwhelmed political dialogue on immigration and its effect on those individuals remains largely unstudied. This paper extends the scope of political information analyses from potential voters to undocumented childhood arrivals. Quantitative observations come from in-depth qualitative interviews in Los Angeles County, California and the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. It finds important regional differences in the ability of immigration status to motivate cognitive engagement of politics. It questions the threat hypothesis, as highly politically knowledgeable DREAMers appear to reside in supportive environments. Such places help equip them with the ability to attribute blame and channel anger or enthusiasm. Findings suggest profound dissimilarities in the potential for political participation if and when DREAMer Latinos gain access to citizenship.en
dc.description.departmentGovernmenten
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/26090en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectLatinosen
dc.subjectLatino politicsen
dc.subjectDREAM Acten
dc.subjectDREAMeren
dc.subjectPolitical knowledgeen
dc.subjectPolitical sophisticationen
dc.titleWatching and learning from the shadows : political knowledge among DREAMEer Latinosen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentGovernmenten
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernmenten
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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