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Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Advisor(s)

Stephen Poulson

H.B. Cavalcanti

Amy Paugh

Abstract

The following study provides a presentation on how immigrants of the Haitian Diaspora construct their social selves and what they believe constitutes a positive social self within the context of the American South. In asking how these immigrants present themselves and their connection to their country of origin, this study contributes to existing literature on the presentation of self, transnationalism, minority relations, and immigration in the American South. Their identities are also constructed in association with socio-historic-race relations and prejudices long established in the Southern United States. This prompts these individuals to produce accounts that are designed to confront these negative stereotypes and to also garner respect, inclusion, and recognition. Through their attempts to educate Americans about Haiti and by demonstrating control over their own futures, these immigrants assert themselves as self- sufficient contributors to their community and ultimately, as good citizens.

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