Year of Publication
Master of Arts (MA)
Arts and Sciences
Dr. Patricia Ehrkamp
This thesis concerns identity constructions among rural migrant workers in Kentucky in relation to experiences and articulations of transnational spaces, networks, and identities. It was conducted through semi-structured interviews of migrant laborers on two rural Kentucky horse farms with 13 men. In this project, the men’s identities could be seen to have access to and utilize social, economic, cultural, and familial connections across national borders. These aspects of transnational identities were contrasted and compared to aspects of these men’s masculine identities to problematize popular representations of masculinities. This thesis shows how traditional notions of masculinities are questioned, reinforced, discarded, touted and ignored as these migrant laborers construct and navigate their identities.
Snider, Mitchell Beam, "BEING A MAN IN KENTUCKY: PERSPECTIVES OF RURAL MIGRANT WORKERS" (2008). University of Kentucky Master's Theses. 539.