Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. George C. McLemore

Second Advisor

Dr. William F. Strong

Third Advisor

Dr. Marian F. Monta


The inclusion of minority women in literature on electoral politics is scarce. Although they do exist in this realm, officially and unofficially, their influence has not been a popular topic of study. This study attempts to gain insight into the meaning that politically-active Mexican American women attach to their involvement in politics. The rhetorical criticism approach of fantasy theme analysis has been chosen as the framework for this thesis, which is linked to the general communication theory of symbolic convergence. Responses from 24 in-depth interviews with Mexican American women of Hidalgo County in south Texas were analyzed for common themes indicating the presence of symbolic convergence.


Copyright 1999 Linda Buxton. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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Communication Commons