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In this dissertation I examine the hybrid spaces U.S. expatriates create in Costa Rica. Through interview, ethnographic and textual data I analyze the ways in which English-speaking high-end immigrants choose to integrate into or remain separate from the Costa Rican host culture. My data set includes 40 interviews, 20 Americans who live in Costa Rica as well as 20 Costa Ri In this dissertation I examine the hybrid spaces U.S. expatriates create in Costa Rica. Through interview, ethnographic and textual data I analyze the ways in which English-speaking high-end immigrants choose to integrate into or remain separate from the Costa Rican host culture. My data set includes 40 interviews, 20 Americans who live in Costa Rica as well as 20 Costa Ricans.;The aim of my project is twofold: I explore the interpersonal intercultural interactions of Gringos and Ticos as well as the way in which the English-language newspaper The Tico Times mediates interactions between the two groups. I conducted ethnographic observations at the newspaper for three months from September, 2006 through November, 2006. I also conducted ethnographic observations in Costa Rica's heavily populated Central Valley region from September, 2006 through July, 2007. This in-depth ethnographic fieldwork allowed me to interrogate complex cultural brokerage between the Spanish-speaking Ticos and English-speaking Gringos.;It is my goal to uncover the ways in which these groups maintain, resist and/or disrupt established economic and linguistic hierarchies. I do not attempt to generalize my findings to all intercultural contexts. I do explain and problematize the unique cultural spaces created when these two groups interact. I base my analysis on the theoretical constructions of hybridity, language ideology and imagined communities.


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In this dissertation I examine the hybrid spaces U.S. expatriates create in Costa Rica. Through interview, ethnographic and textual data I analyze the ways in which English-speaking high-end immigrants choose to integrate into or remain separate from the Costa Rican host culture. My data set includes 40 interviews, 20 Americans who live in Costa Rica as well as 20 Costa Ri In this dissertation I examine the hybrid spaces U.S. expatriates create in Costa Rica. Through interview, ethnographic and textual data I analyze the ways in which English-speaking high-end immigrants choose to integrate into or remain separate from the Costa Rican host culture. My data set includes 40 interviews, 20 Americans who live in Costa Rica as well as 20 Costa Ricans.;The aim of my project is twofold: I explore the interpersonal intercultural interactions of Gringos and Ticos as well as the way in which the English-language newspaper The Tico Times mediates interactions between the two groups. I conducted ethnographic observations at the newspaper for three months from September, 2006 through November, 2006. I also conducted ethnographic observations in Costa Rica's heavily populated Central Valley region from September, 2006 through July, 2007. This in-depth ethnographic fieldwork allowed me to interrogate complex cultural brokerage between the Spanish-speaking Ticos and English-speaking Gringos.;It is my goal to uncover the ways in which these groups maintain, resist and/or disrupt established economic and linguistic hierarchies. I do not attempt to generalize my findings to all intercultural contexts. I do explain and problematize the unique cultural spaces created when these two groups interact. I base my analysis on the theoretical constructions of hybridity, language ideology and imagined communities.

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