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Second Generation Haitian Immigrants and Issues of Social Mobility and Success in South Florida

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Title: Second Generation Haitian Immigrants and Issues of Social Mobility and Success in South Florida
Physical Description: 1 online resource (107 p.)
Language: english
Creator: DUFFIELD,ERYN H
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2011

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Subjects / Keywords: HAITIAN -- IMMIGRANT -- MOBILITY -- SOCIAL
Geography -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: Geography thesis, M.A.
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Abstract: This thesis explores social mobility drivers influencing the obtainment of higher education among second generation Haitian immigrants in South Florida. Emphasizing the roles of family, ethnic and cultural capital, the relative importance and relationships between mobility variables were illustrated using the Social Ecological Model. Interviews of both first and second generation immigrants showed that parental social pressures were most salient in determining educational outcomes and that extended family sometimes aided in the logistical difficulties of obtaining education. The roles of cultural identity, internal motivation and peer group interacted to effect processes in the university system, but especially among Haitians and their relationship with African Americans. Second generation Haitians did not see the external effects of racism or the context of reception as effecting their ability to be mobile. This study can contribute broad insights into the experience of second generation immigrants in America.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by ERYN H DUFFIELD.
Thesis: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Florida, 2011.
Local: Adviser: Keys, Eric.

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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UFE0043016/00001

Material Information

Title: Second Generation Haitian Immigrants and Issues of Social Mobility and Success in South Florida
Physical Description: 1 online resource (107 p.)
Language: english
Creator: DUFFIELD,ERYN H
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2011

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: HAITIAN -- IMMIGRANT -- MOBILITY -- SOCIAL
Geography -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: Geography thesis, M.A.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis explores social mobility drivers influencing the obtainment of higher education among second generation Haitian immigrants in South Florida. Emphasizing the roles of family, ethnic and cultural capital, the relative importance and relationships between mobility variables were illustrated using the Social Ecological Model. Interviews of both first and second generation immigrants showed that parental social pressures were most salient in determining educational outcomes and that extended family sometimes aided in the logistical difficulties of obtaining education. The roles of cultural identity, internal motivation and peer group interacted to effect processes in the university system, but especially among Haitians and their relationship with African Americans. Second generation Haitians did not see the external effects of racism or the context of reception as effecting their ability to be mobile. This study can contribute broad insights into the experience of second generation immigrants in America.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by ERYN H DUFFIELD.
Thesis: Thesis (M.A.)--University of Florida, 2011.
Local: Adviser: Keys, Eric.

Record Information

Source Institution: UFRGP
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: lcc - LD1780 2011
System ID: UFE0043016:00001


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Defining Social Mobility

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Existing Literature on the Second Generation

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Indicators of Social Mobility and Educational Attainment

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Social Theoretical Background

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Criticism and Evolution of the Social Ecological Theory

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Operationalizing the Social Ecological Model

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Drivers of Mobility

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Social Capital

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Family Capital

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Ethnic and Cultural Capital

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The Haitian African American R elationship and Issues of Race

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Family social networks Neighborhood community contexts Family Workplace School Peer Group Face to face interac ons Linkages and processes between two microsystems Two or more se ngs, one of which does not involve the individual Overarching pa ern of micro, meso and exosystems characteris c of given culture Parents workplace Culture Hazards Knowledge Material resources Opportunity structure Life Styles

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Extended family networks in the US Neighborhood community contexts Job market Racism Ethnic cultural knowledge Access to financial resources Opportunity structure American Dream Parents Internal mo va on and perseverance Peer group American iden ty Hai an iden ty University and educa onal system African American culture and iden ty Religion Church Rela onship with greater immigrant community Ties to or rela onship with Hai Greater Hai an diaspora US context of recep on and view of immigrants

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Research Design and Data Collection

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Shortcomings of This Research

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Data Analysis

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Informational Questionnaire Please fill out the following questionnaire to the best of your ability by checking the corresponding box that applies to you. Name: _______________________________ Age: __________ Sex: M le ale 1. Place of birth: : __________________ 2. Your highest level of education: 3. The highest level of education you would like to obtain: 4. Your profession:

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5. Your mother's highest level of education: 6. Your mother's nationality: 7. Your mother's legal status: 8. Your father's highest level of education: 9. Your father's nationality: 10. Your father's legal status:

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5. Your yearly income: 6. Compared to your neighbors in the community you live now, would you consider yourself: 7. I consider myself:

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For each statement, check whether you strongly agree, agree, are neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree. 4 2 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

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For each statement, check whether you strongly agree, agree, are neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree. 8 2 8 7 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 3 4 2 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 4 3 2 2 2 4 8