Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The immigrant as 'other': A critical, theological, and ethical analysis of immigrants as a perceived threat to american national identity
by Lankford, Gene, Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2015, 468; 3709073
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation will engage in a critical analysis of discourse related to the reception of migrant workers coming to the United States especially from Latin America. The thesis will propose that at the center of arguments for a more restrictive immigration policy in the U.S. is a construction of the immigrant as "other" and as a threat to the purity of American national identity. This construction will be examined historically, sociologically, and theologically, and will be contrasted with Christian theological and ethical models for dealing with human social and cultural difference, proposing an alternative approach of envisioning the immigrant as enhancing rather than threatening our identity as a people.

The analysis will include insights from anthropology, postcolonial and feminist thinkers, critical race theories, and a historical exploration of racial ideologies. Christian theological responses will include insights from Latin American liberation theology and the Aristotelian-Christian virtues tradition, along with a theology of reconciliation. The dissertation will also address political and economic aspects of immigration and the relationship between globalization (including NAFTA) and migration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Waters, Brent
Commitee: Bedford, Nancy, Collier, Elizabeth, Ray, Stephen, Waters, Brent
School: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Department: Graduate School
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Ethics, Theology
Keywords: Hospitality, Identity, Immigration, Multiculturalism, Race, Reconciliation
Publication Number: 3709073
ISBN: 978-1-321-84541-9
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