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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Representation of Iranian-American Identity and Finding the Funds of Knowledge in the Resilience of Cultural Heritage
by Cota, Carla Patricia, Ed.D., The University of Arizona, 2018, 146; 10809461
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation assembles a case study of Iranian immigrant families in the United States conducted in the northeast. This work addresses the transnational diasporic global identity of second-generation Iranian-Americans. The literature reflects on the exile experience, concluding that Iranian identity is a disputed problematic issue. I argue hybridity pens the migratory process, building links and relationships at the material and cultural levels from the sending and receiving countries. To reveal these connections, I use the funds of knowledge/identity approach to demonstrate how families reach self-understanding and communicate that understanding to others. By examining Persian culture and traditions, this approach sheds new light on the cultural transformations and cultural preservations valued among the second generation. The study shows that complex webs of factors continue to be at work in the shaping of the sociocultural dynamics of Iranian-Americas.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Moll, Luis C., Betteridge, Anne H.
Commitee: Gonzalez, Norma E.
School: The University of Arizona
Department: Language, Reading & Culture
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Education, Middle Eastern Studies, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Culture, Hybridity, Identity, Immigration, Iranian-Americans, Second generation
Publication Number: 10809461
ISBN: 978-0-355-93034-4
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