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Maria Isabel Morales Sanchez

2010 Research

Abstract: Analyzing Crtical Race Theory: "Race" and Beyond

Mentor: Dr. Christina Torres Garcia

2009 Research

Abstract: Resisting to the Latino "Migrant Nightmare" in the United States

Mentor: Sean Chabot, Ph.D., Sociology and Justice Studies

This discursive analysis intends to answer the question, "What is the migrant nightmare that Latinos face in the U.S and how do they organize to resist such oppressive conditions?" In this paper I describe the various forms of oppression and discrimination Latino immigrants face from the onset of their immigration to their established lives in society. I explore certain economic, political, and social factors that contribute to this oppression which I call the "migrant nightmare," and the many implications that come with it. Furthermore, I begin questioning and investigating resistance through community organizing and the strategies used by Latinos especially in more contemporary times. Lastly, I introduce the strategy taught by Mexico‟s Zapatista movement with respect to organizing and resisting and suggest ways Latinos can translate the Zapatista strategies to the immigrant experience in the United States. Essentially, this paper is an exploratory discussion of some of the critical ideas I hope to develop into a more theoretical long-term project surging from my personal passion towards world of borderless justice.

Presentations

13th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, May 19, 2010

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2009 Pacific NW FocoRegional Conference: Breaking Borders, Building Bridges: Creating Communities through Chicana and Chicano Studies,

Heritage University: September 22, 2009: Toppenish, WA

October 30, 2009
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