Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural perspectives among children of Guatemalan Maya immigrants in Lake Worth, Florida
by Sprague, Tara, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2012, 133; 1517859
Abstract (Summary)

Everyday children of Guatemalan Maya immigrants balance two cultures. They reside in The United States and attend American schools, but are being raised by their Guatemalan Maya parents. They continually navigate between the two and are faced with challenges daily. Since these children are influenced by two cultures, my interest was primarily on the cultural perspectives of these children, more specifically: what effects does the new cultural have on the old? Through volunteering at a Guatemalan Maya after-school program, interviewing and administering the Children’s Apperception Test, results showed these children to be influenced by American culture. The biggest indicator, play, was reported to be an important aspect in their lives, which is not considered essential in Maya culture. At the same time, these children keep close ties to their cultural heritage through their strong family ties. Overall, these children are influenced by American culture, but at the same time, keep their heritage.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Susan Love
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Native American studies
Keywords: Florida
Publication Number: 1517859
ISBN: 978-1-267-48170-2
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