Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4950

Date

2017

Date of Award

4-20-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Sociology

Committee Chair

Joseph Lariscy

Committee Member

Gretchen Peterson

Committee Member

Wesley James

Abstract

Research about race and ethnicity in destination cities of the New Latino South currently focuses on black and white communities, leaving the growing Latino population under researched. This study draws on national quantitative descriptive data and ten in-depth interviews to examine how social capital and social networks facilitate or hinder Latino residents from accessing community resources, and social and economic mobility. Findings indicate that respondents use their social networks to find homes, social capital in terms of bilingualism supplements children's elementary education, and limited social capital and social networks point to communication barriers and negative migrant networks. This study addresses how local organizations could use existing social capital within this community to address barriers by providing culturally appropriate and effective programming about relevant community resources.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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