Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Arthur Helweg

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Jacobs

Third Advisor

Dr. Ericka Loeffler

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This paper explores data collected on Mexican migrants who were living in southwestern Michigan during the Spring and Summer of 1994. Its purpose is to examine the role of the family among one migrant household and to determine whether the findings coincide with other studies completed on Mexican migrant families.

The data examined indicates two major problems in applying its findings to current migration literature. The first involves the concept of a 'united family unit' and the second relates to the notion of a 'common family goal.' The data suggests that the theory on which these concepts are based must be reconsidered and reformulated.

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