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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Jian-yi Liu.en
dc.contributor.authorDarian, Laurieen
dc.coverage.spatialInland Empire (Pacific Northwest)en
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-25T18:42:47Z
dc.date.available2013-06-25T18:42:47Z
dc.date.issued2006en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/1140
dc.description.abstractThe transition of spaces and places by the increasing number of Hispanics in the United States is a topic of growing importance in cultural geography. The degree to which Hispanics integrate, or assimilate, into Anglo culture plays a vital role in such transformations. This research examines the different avenues of Hispanic assimilation and non-assimilation in the Lower Yakima Valley in Washington State. These avenues consist of economic, structural, cultural, and spatial assimilation, as well as the Hispanic representation in the cultural landscape. Fieldwork in the Valley, combined with census data from the last two decades suggests that Hispanics are assimilating into Anglo culture structurally, spatially, and economically, but not culturally. Due to the fact that this area is majority Hispanic, the maintenance of this culture has a distinct impact on the cultural landscape, as well as the Anglo population. By defying the traditional model of assimilation, a new Hispanic homeland is emerging in the Pacific Northwest. Mexicans in the Valley have created a place that, in their own words, "feels like home." The schools and businesses in these communities are faced with unique challenges, the solutions to which differ greatly from places where Hispanics are a minority. As the geographic distribution of Hispanics continues to change, it is likely that other communities will experience transformations similar to those in the Yakima Valley. This research serves to add to the growing literature aimed at benefiting such places.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.subject.lcshImmigrants.en
dc.subject.lcshMexicans.en
dc.subject.lcshLandscapes Social aspects.en
dc.titleThe emerging Hispanic homeland of the Pacific Northwest : a case study of Yakima Valley, Washington
dc.typeThesis
dc.rights.holderCopyright Laurie Darian 2006en
thesis.catalog.ckey1197119en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: William Wyckoff; Joseph Ashleyen
thesis.degree.departmentEarth Sciences.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage213en
mus.identifier.categoryLife Sciences & Earth Sciences
mus.relation.departmentEarth Sciences.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US


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