Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education
Dr. Kathy Cooter
Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins
Dr. Nelson Lopez
Two research questions guided this study: (1) Which barriers to daily life are faced by undocumented Latina mothers in Kentucky; and (2) What resources and strategies do they employ to navigate these barriers? Extant research reviewed has characterized this segment of the population as highly stressed victims of multiple levels of subjugation. Ten undocumented immigrant mothers from Guatemala and Mexico residing in Kentucky were interviewed for this phenomenological study and their responses analyzed using the frameworks of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. As predicted, themes of family separation, difficulties to be able to work, and living without health insurance emerged as major barriers to daily life. However, findings also included themes of personal growth, ingenuity, and positive attitudes to life in the region.
Mandeel, Elizabeth W., "Managing Manacles: The daily struggles of unauthorized Latina mothers in Kentucky" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Capstones. 20.