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DATE: Friday, July 11, 2014
TIME: 1:00 p.m
PLACE: Studio, Lambert Road campus
CANDIDATE: Jorge A. Gómez
DISSERTATION TITLE: "Shadow, Archetype, and Projection in Arizona Lawmaking:The Psychological Impact of SB 1070 on People of Hispanic Descent in Arizona"
CHAIR: Dr. Wendy Phillips
READER: Dr. Azarm Ghareman
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Joseph Jordan

Gómez, J. (2014). Shadow, Archetype, and Projection in Arizona Lawmaking: The Psychological Impact of SB 1070 on People of Hispanic Descent in Arizona (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014)


The purpose of this study was to examine the psychological effects of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 on people of Hispanic descent. The study addressed the subject using a depth-psychology approach through the phenomenological method of research. Following this method, 12 people were interviewed. They were chosen to represent the various dimensions of the Hispanic population in Arizona, such as age, education, gender, skin color and legal status. In-depth interviews were transcribed and analyzed for units of meaning. Generalizations were drawn from the participants’ responses.

The study addressed the topic in its social, economic, political, and historical context, which cast light into its past, as well as onto the current situation and consequences of this law. The depth-psychology approach revealed a marked projection of the American shadow and archetype onto the Hispanic population. This projection has left the Hispanic population with a sense of marginality, injustice, and discrimination, which has affected its psyche in a negative way.

Key words: Discrimination, shadow, projection, archetype, Hispanics, effects of discrimination.


Please note: All oral defense attendees must shuttle to the Lambert Road campus from the Best Western Hotel in Carpinteria. Parking on campus is not available.