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dc.contributor.advisorLarrotta, Clarena
dc.contributor.authorAdversario, Jan A.
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-25T13:53:54Z
dc.date.available2017-08-25T13:53:54Z
dc.date.created2017-08
dc.date.issued2017-07-17
dc.date.submittedAugust 2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6775
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative phenomenological study examined the occupational downgrading experiences of six adult immigrants. Occupational downgrading happens when an individual’s occupation post immigration does not match his or her education credentials and previous professional experiences. The goal was to make sense of the participants’ narratives through the lens of possible selves theory. Therefore, the research questions guiding this study were: (1) What are the journeys of adult immigrants adapting to the demands of the U.S. workplace? (2) How do occupational downgrading experiences of immigrants shape their integration to the U.S. workforce? and (3) How can we make sense of the participants’ narratives through the lens of possible selves theory? Phenomenological interviews served as the main source for data collection. In addition, artifacts allowed the participants to enrich their stories and assisted them in triggering important memories. Lastly, historical timelines from the participants’ countries of origin provided context for their immigration narratives. Phenomenological analysis was helpful in making sense of the participants’ stories. Themes that emerged from the participants’ occupational downgrading experiences include underemployment, shift in status, language barrier, feeling of discrimination, and lack of inspiration at the new job. Looking at past, present, and future selves, the participants’ narratives were examined first through identity transition processes: (1) separation, (2) transition, and (3) reincorporation and then through identity forming processes: (1) reclaiming past possible selves, (2) rejecting past selves, (3) constructing new possible selves, and (4) expanding current ones. The study adds to a developing body of literature focusing on the possible selves of adult immigrants experiencing occupational downgrading.
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dc.format.extent204 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectAdult immigrants
dc.subjectPossible selves
dc.subjectOccupational downgrading
dc.subjectWorkplace identity
dc.subjectAdult education
dc.subjectCareer trajectory
dc.subjectAdult transition processes
dc.subjectImmigration
dc.subjectImmigration policy
dc.subjectImmigration timeline
dc.subjectImmigration journeys, immigration narratives
dc.subject.lcshEmigration and immigrationen_US
dc.subject.lcshImmigrants--United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshPhenomenologyen_US
dc.titleImmigrant Experiences of Occupational Downgrading: Their Stories in Light of Possible Selves Theory
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCoryell, Joellen E.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGuajardo, Miguel A.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRoss-Gordon, Jovita M.
thesis.degree.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAdult, Professional, and Community Education
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
txstate.departmentCounseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology


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