Document Type

Honors Project


Immigrant rights protests drew millions of people into the streets in the spring of 2006. However, the mobilized immigrants had a very particular face in the national debate. 'Immigrant' came to signify Latino. This project explores collective identity formation within the immigrant rights movement through the experiences of the South Asian community. What was the extent of South Asian immigrant participation in New York and the Twin Cities mobilizations? How does issue framing affect prospects for multi-racial mobilization? I use semi-structured interviews with organizers to investigate collective identity formation and to understand how organizations frame the issues. Greater understnading of the process of identity construction and identity transformation for broader political mobilization are crucial for today's increasingly pluralistic society.



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