Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Hans Buechler Professor of Anthropology
Amy Lutz Professor of Sociology
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Other International and Area Studies
This research project is about national and transnational migration, as experienced by one Andean Ecuadorian family, currently living in the New York Metropolitan area in the United States. Through the collection of their life histories and an analysis of literature on this particular migrant group, I explore the different cultural trends that played a role in their migration from; rural Andean towns to large urban centers, from rural communities and urban centers into the Amazon jungle and their later migration to the United States of America.
Using Social Network Theory as an analytical framework, I am focusing on these individuals’ social networks, as a factor in their internal migration in Ecuador and to the United States, finding that often times, people that are not a part of their closest networks, such as acquaintances, neighbors and distant relatives can play a very influential role in creating the opportunity to migrate, through funding, loans, as well as becoming hosts to the migrants. The use of these social networks in my informants’ migration history is extracted from hours of interviews and my personal observations. Their stories are injected into the text and in their own voice, allowing the reader to hear from the migrants themselves and draw further conclusions. The findings are consistent with those of other studies on migration, asserting that social and cultural factors play an important role in the decision to migrate and migrants’ settlement patterns.
Cantos, Michele S., "Ecuadorian Migration: An Ethnographic Approach to Analyzing Socio-Cultural Influences on Migration" (2012). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 170.
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