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Abstract

Abstracto

Este estudio examina los diferentes tipos de discriminación con que se enfrentan los estudiantes universitarios latin@s en Iowa en sus vidas diarias. El estudio se enfoca en ambas la discriminación encubierta y la discriminación directa. Basado en el análisis de entrevistas etnográficas con ocho estudiantes que asisten a la Universidad del Norte de Iowa, los latin@s enfrentan la discriminación de tres maneras principales. La primera manera es debido a las suposiciones o los estereotipos. La segunda manera es por la otredad, o sea, concebir a los latin@s como extranjeros o no ser verdaderamente ‘americanos.’ Por último, a menudo, los latin@s son recipientes de la discriminación lingüística. Esta forma de discriminación a menudo se relaciona con la denigración de español o percepciones sobre un acento no nativo cuando se habla el inglés. Estas prácticas discriminatorias a menudo tienen un efecto duradero en los latin@s. Estos se incluyen pero no se limiten al miedo de hablar español en público y estar incómodo en espacios públicos debido a percepciones negativas sobre su raza o lengua.

Abstract (English)

This study examines the different types of discrimination Latin@ college students in Iowa face in their day-to-day lives. The study focuses on both covert discrimination (i.e. microaggressions) as well as direct discrimination. Based on the analysis of ethnographic interviews with 8 undergraduate students at the University of Northern Iowa, Latin@s face discrimination in three primary ways that are both direct and covert. The first way is due to people making assumptions about them. The second way is through othering Latin@s. Both of these kinds of discrimination are often not recognized as offensive or derogatory by the wrongdoer. Lastly, Latin@s are often the recipients of language based discrimination. This form of discrimination often has to do with the denigration of Spanish or perceptions about a nonnative accent when speaking English. These discriminatory practices often have a lasting impact on Latin@s. These include but are not limited to fear of speaking their native language in public and being uncomfortable in public spaces due to their race or language.

Date of Award

2018

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2018

Object Description

1 PDF file (21 pages)

Language

ES

File Format

application/pdf

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