College of Humanities

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2015/16 Humanities Research Fellow Proposal

Making Our Way: Migration, Community, and Meaning in Transnational El Salvador 

Joseph Wiltberger, Ph.D. 

The migration of young people from Central America to the United States has recently become a hotly contested subject of debate in the United States, yet there is little understanding of the complexity of root causes, underlying cultural dynamics, and social consequences of such widespread emigration in places of migrant origin. My book project, titled Making Our Way: Migration, Community, and Meaning in Transnational El Salvador, offers a fine-grained, nuanced ethnographic analysis of how marginalized Salvadorans interpret, navigate, and respond to recent cultural, social, and economic transformations wrought by mass postwar emigration and economic globalization. Read the complete summary