Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)
Sociology and Criminal Justice
Second Committee Member
Social sciences; Immigration; Labor; Narrative; Narrative Identity
This research includes in-depth interviews and participant observation to examine the construction of narrative identity by the staff members and worker-members of a workers' rights organization in Northwest Arkansas. I seek to understand how the organization negotiates the broader cultural and institutional narrative identities with the personal narrative identities of the worker-members in a cultural context hostile toward undocumented immigrants. Further, I examine how the worker-members themselves both internalize and challenge the organizational, institutional, and cultural narratives about undocumented immigrant workers. Findings reveal that the staff members and the worker-members create different narratives for different purposes, though both are concerned with the uplift of the undocumented immigrant worker. Suggestions for future research are provided.
Hallgren, Emily Ann, "Narrative Identity Within A Workers' Rights Organization" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 352.