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Ph.D. Candidate Maria Escobar Publishes in Rural Sociology

July 12, 2021

Liminal Belonging in El Nuevo South: The Geographies of Inclusion and Exclusion for Hispanic Young Adults within Northwest Arkansas.  

Based on interviews with thirty‐five Hispanic young adults in northwest Arkansas, Maria's research investigates experiences of social and emplaced community belonging as contradictory, liminal, and influenced by racial, locational, and legal factors.  Through this analysis, she articulates and develops the concept of “liminal belonging” to capture Hispanic young adults' geographically contingent and unsteady or fluctuating sense of belonging that is shaped by oscillating experiences of exclusion.

Congratulations Maria!

Please see the Rural Sociology Society research publication here.