This research explored issues of identity as they pertain to the Mexican American experience, more specifically focusing on the Chicano/a experience. A nonprobability, purposive, and snowball sampling method was utilized. Through the use of a qualitative research design, the researcher collected in-depth data to explore concepts of self-identity and cultural pride, discrimination and oppression, and aspirations for future generations.
Twelve face-to-face interviews were conducted with individuals who self-identified as Chicano/a. Participants attributed attaining a strong cultural identity to having a sound cultural upbringing, having strong mentors to aid them through the journey of self-discovery, and obtaining higher education. Most participants found that they had the ability to channel the anger experienced by exposure to segregation and to gain strength to take action. They utilized their lived experiences as a catalyst for change. The desire for many was to join forces and empower the masses of disenfranchised communities.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Hispanic American studies|
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