Examining strengths and challenges of rapid rural immigration

Rochelle L. Dalla, Francisco Villarruel, Sheran C. Cramer, Gloria Gonzalez-Kruger

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Intensive, in-depth interviews were conducted with 45 non-Hispanic white residents of three rural Nebraska meatpacking communities. The purpose of the investigation was to document (1) perceptions of community change; (2) community-wide benefits of a new Latino population; and (3) strategies for strengthening multi-ethnic rural communities. Data were analyzed using Thematic Analyses (Aronson 1994). Application of the findings, for strengthening rural communities, is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-251
Number of pages21
JournalGreat Plains Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Immigrants
  • Latino
  • Meatpacking
  • Midwest
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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