In the decade following the Ecuadorian financial crisis of 1988, Spain took in approximately half a million Ecuadorian immigrants. This study analyzes the social consequences of this migratory flow from a very particular point of view: the perspective offered by the mass media and literary works.

Using several reports as well as different newspaper articles and literary works, this project shows how this group has been stigmatized during their stay in the receiving country. The reader will be able to see that this stigmatization comes not only from the fact that it is possible to distinguish the Ecuadorian physically, but also because there is little and/or no reliable information offered by mass media about this specific population.

The misinformation offered to the Spanish citizen consequently creates a hostile attitude towards the previously mentioned immigrant population. These tensions reached their critical moment when a young Ecuadorian girl was brutally attacked in Barcelona's subway in October of 2007.

The ultimate aim of this thesis is to defend the need for a change of the image and perception of the immigrants in Spain, since the image offered by mass media is distorted and causes a disassociation between the Spanish citizens and the immigrants. This disassociation promotes hostile reactions that are imperative to fight. To challenge the conventional images it is necessary to offer a different perspective of the problem; this is why the project includes an analysis about a documentary about immigration in Spain and a literary analysis of a play that deals with the same issue.


Adriana Gordillo

Committee Member

Kimberly Contag

Committee Member

Enrique Torner

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Master of Science (MS)


Arts and Humanities

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