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Borders, Bridges, and Beer: Performances of Cultural Identities in the Washington Birthday Celebration

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Title: Borders, Bridges, and Beer: Performances of Cultural Identities in the Washington Birthday Celebration
Author: Ramos, Diana Carolina
Advisor(s): Covarrubias, Patricia
Committee Member(s): Rodríguez, Ilia
Getrich, Christina
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalism
Subject: cultural identity
performance
border identity
LC Subject(s): Washington's Birthday--Social aspects--Texas--Laredo
Washington's Birthday--Social aspects--Mexican-American Border Region
Group identity--Texas--Laredo
Group identity--Mexican-American Border Region
Laredo (Tex.)--Social conditions
Mexican-American Border Region--Social conditions
Communication--Social aspects--Texas--Laredo
Communication--Social aspects--Mexican-American Border Region
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: In this study I describe how individuals living in Laredo, Texas, a city situated in the U.S.-Mexico border region, make sense of their identities through their experiences in the Washington Birthday Celebration (WBC). By focusing on communication as means for creating cultural identities, this study provides insight into how communication is used in the construction and performance of cultural identities. Specifically, I focus on The Society of Martha Washington, one of the several affiliate organizations that participates in the WBC, in order to answer the following research questions about the enactment of cultural identities in the WBC: (1) What cultural identities are enacted at the WBC and how do participants use communication to enact these expressed identities? (2) How do participants enact their cultural identities beyond the WBC? I argue that although the WBC is intended to foster a collective identity, it poses a problematic contradiction since it implicates the enactment of various identities wherein status differentials are enhanced.
Graduation Date: July 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13107


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