Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Virgin of Guadalupe comes to Mississippi: Social stressors and ways of coping among Hispanic immigrants
by Read, Mary Rebecca, M.A., Mississippi State University, 2009, 71; 1467242
Abstract (Summary)

This mixed-methods study uses ritual analysis, key informant interviews, and a semi-structured questionnaire to explore stressors and coping among Hispanic im/migrants to rural Mississippi. The study applies Turner's model of ritual analysis to the procession of la Virgen de Guadalupe for insight into the values, concerns, actions, and motivations of the community. Results from ritual analysis suggest the precession of la Virgen de Guadalupe unites the multi-national community and empowers the participants through their faith in God and la Virgen de Guadalupe. Results from the semi-structured questionnaire identify stressors among the Hispanic community relating to separation from family and friends, job shortage, transportation barriers, and language barriers.

Key words: Hispanic Migrants, The Virgin of Guadalupe, Social Stress, Coping, Rural Immigration, Religious Ritual

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ragsdale, Kathleen
Commitee: Hoffman, David, Peacock, Evan
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Cultural anthropology, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Coping, Hispanic migrants, Religious ritual, Rural immigration, Social stress, Virgin of Guadalupe
Publication Number: 1467242
ISBN: 9781109274417
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