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Keepers and explorers: An acculturation case study of the multi-faceted identity of Pakistani graduate students navigating US culture

By Maheen Haider

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Thesis advisor: Eve SpanglerThesis advisor: Clifton Shawn McguffeyThe research explores the influence of US culture on Pakistani graduate students studying in the US. I investigate how the students navigate through the different elements of US culture, while adhering to their pre-existing ideals of the home culture. I examine the role of gender and inter-generational differences of the students, in the process of interaction with the host culture. I use qualitative methods and conducted twenty-eight life history interviews across the students from both F1 and J1 visa categories, while maintaining the gender ratio. The duration of their stay spans over a period of 5 months to 5 years. I argue that the students adopt a keepers and explorers approach while navigating the different cultural elements of the host culture. The explorer approach is further facilitated by a select and drop mechanism, developed by the students, as they navigate the different elements of US culture, while using the value system of the home society.Thesis (MA) — Boston College, 2013.Submitted to: Boston College. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.Discipline: Sociology

Topics: Graduate students, Pakistani students, International students
Publisher: 'Boston College University Libraries'
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:dlib.bc.edu:bc-ir_104074
Provided by: eScholarship@BC

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