The everyday lives of Latina immigrants in North Carolina: a photovoice perspective

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Joy E. Cecil-Dyrkacz (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Mary Morgan

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to allow Latina immigrants living in the southern United States to document and critique their family and community conditions through photographs and stories of their everyday lives. This research informed by feminist and critical science theory, used photovoice, a participatory action research method, with eight participants. Using interpretive inquiry, key themes were identified and illustrated the participants' experiences. "Improvements with sacrifices" was identified as the overarching theme, with additional key themes of "centrality of family," "hopes for children," and "need for community." This research was empowering for the participants, as it affirmed their community strengths, described their challenges, and provided them with an avenue to share their stories with others.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2011
Keywords
Feminist theory, Latina immigrants, Latino immigrant families, Participatory action research, Photovoice
Subjects
Hispanic American women $z North Carolina $x Social conditions
Women immigrants $z North Carolina $x Social conditions
Hispanic American women $z North Carolina $x Ethnic identity
Women immigrants $z North Carolina $x Ethnic identity