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Donde esten mis hijos alli que me entierren. the migration history of Aura Lila Callejas

By Linda M. Callejas

Abstract

\u22Adonde esten mis hijos alli que me entierren,\u22 presents the migration history of my great-aunt Aura Lila Callejas. This work utilizes the oral history method to examine one woman\u27s migration experience in an attempt to identify various theoretical issues. Aura Lila\u27s immigration experience sheds light on a number of different issues, including the reasons why people migrate and how they adapt to an entirely new and often frightening set of circumstances in the country of arrival. The oral history method has proven useful in presenting some of the ways in which structural factors combine with personal motivations to provide the impetus for Aura Lila\u27s journey of international migration. My work with Aura Lila has also served to highlight some of the existing gaps in the current literature regarding Nicaraguans in the United States and the importance of the family within the overall process of migration. Finally, this work explores the nature of the relationship between the researcher and subject within the ethnographic process. While much of Aura Lila\u27s story remains unique and specific to her family\u27s history, her narrative can be related to the growing body of literature focusing on women\u27s life histories

Topics: Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies, Sociology
Publisher: FIU Digital Commons
Year: 1998
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.fiu.edu:etd-3187

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