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Constructing the Reality of the Immigrant Life

Constructing the Reality of the Immigrant Life AbstractThis studyfocuses on one discursive construction of social reality, the construction of self-identity. To survive in a new culture, immigrants must come to know the “facts” and the ethos of the society. That knowledge, however, is not passively absorbed by the people, but is at least in part constructed by them from the information verbally transmitted through conversations. Four discourses among immigrants were analyzed to point out important aspects of the participants’ understanding of their New World, as well as their own place in it. Optimistic outlookfor the future, determination, language competency, and racial and ethnic problems were prominent. Tenets of the social constructionist perspective and the Hermeneutic-Dialectic method are also outlined. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social Distress and Homeless Taylor & Francis

Constructing the Reality of the Immigrant Life

Journal of Social Distress and Homeless , Volume 11 (1): 11 – Jan 1, 2002

Constructing the Reality of the Immigrant Life

Abstract

AbstractThis studyfocuses on one discursive construction of social reality, the construction of self-identity. To survive in a new culture, immigrants must come to know the “facts” and the ethos of the society. That knowledge, however, is not passively absorbed by the people, but is at least in part constructed by them from the information verbally transmitted through conversations. Four discourses among immigrants were analyzed to point out important aspects of the...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright 2002 Taylor and Francis Group LLC
ISSN
1573-658X
eISSN
1053-0789
DOI
10.1023/A:1013384122330
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Abstract

AbstractThis studyfocuses on one discursive construction of social reality, the construction of self-identity. To survive in a new culture, immigrants must come to know the “facts” and the ethos of the society. That knowledge, however, is not passively absorbed by the people, but is at least in part constructed by them from the information verbally transmitted through conversations. Four discourses among immigrants were analyzed to point out important aspects of the participants’ understanding of their New World, as well as their own place in it. Optimistic outlookfor the future, determination, language competency, and racial and ethnic problems were prominent. Tenets of the social constructionist perspective and the Hermeneutic-Dialectic method are also outlined.

Journal

Journal of Social Distress and HomelessTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 2002

Keywords: immigrant identity; construction and reality; New World

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