Children of Mexican migrant farmworkers in Oregon : experiences and challenges with belonging Public Deposited

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  • This thesis explores the experiences and negotiations of belonging for children of Mexican migrant farmworkers in Oregon. Ethnographic data was collected over the course of several months with Mexican migrant farmworkers and their children in agricultural fields in Oregon and at Oregon State University. The children in this project have found ways to redefine notions of belonging while resisting placement into the migrant generational divides and notions of assimilation utilized by the state. Using child-centered approaches this thesis finds that the children of migrant farmworkers craft their own belongings across multiple moral worlds. I contribute to the scholarship on childhood and migration by arguing that children continually cross different moral and social boundaries in order to negotiate belonging both within the consumer laden world of the modern childhood and beyond.
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