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Title:Intermediaries and Migration in the United States
Author(s):Yamamoto, Satomi
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Department / Program:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:The dissertation first develops theoretical perspectives of migration intermediaries and presents them in a form of typology. Migration intermediaries are segmentedly embedded in immigration process, which occurs as a result of decentralizing, disassembling, reassembling, and recentralizing processes at local, subnational, and national levels. The degree of segmented embeddedness is highly ethnicized and gendered. Second, the dissertation examines whether the typology of migration intermediaries can be used as an analytical instrument in empirical settings. Through ethnographic studies of a Chicago Workers' Center, the Interfaith Worker Justice, and the Interfaith Workers' Rights Center, the dissertation finds that several key actors in each organization played an important role in building networks in multiple fields. Furthermore, these organizations faced different outcomes despite they worked on the same agenda. A Chicago Workers' Center generated a space where powers of democratic governance were deployed. The Interfaith Workers Justice secured its structural hole's position by translating the cores values held by actors in religious and labor fields. The Interfaith Workers' Rights Center restructured itself through feedback of the clientele. Thus the dissertation concludes that the typology of migration intermediaries could be employed as an analytical lens that enable us to examine interstitial dynamics occurring in the (im)migration process.
Issue Date:2008
Description:182 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337969
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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