This article is an exploration of Salomé’s construction of the U.S. American Dream. Salomé is a sixty-seven-year-old immigrant from Guatemala. During eight hours of in-depth interview, Salomé talks about the embodied experience of migration, motherhood, and her view of the American Dream. In this article, I explore issues of representation, voice, and positionality when conducting qualitative research. Salomé’s story is not generalizable to all Latinx immigrants but is nonetheless illustrative of the ways in which the American Dream is contextualized by individuals. At a time when Latinx migration and experience in the United States and the nature and content of the American Dream have taken center stage in national dialogue, Salomé’s experiences serve to illustrate the profoundly personal and individual lived experiences of the American Dream.
“My Dream Is My Son”: An Autoethnographic Account of the American Dream
Jaime García-Iglesias is a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester. His current work focuses on the impact of social media and medical advancements in gay men’s relationship to HIV and sexuality. He is particularly interested in qualitative methodology and the use of in-depth interviewing, including the negotiation of trust and sexuality in the interview setting. He has published on Chicanx poetry, queer literature, and public health. Acknowledgments for this article go to Prof Lisa Tillmann, Dr Steve Schoen and Dr Susan Montgomery from Rollins College, Florida, US. Email: Jaime.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jaime García-Iglesias; “My Dream Is My Son”: An Autoethnographic Account of the American Dream. Journal of Autoethnography 27 July 2020; 1 (3): 219–233. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2020.1.3.219
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