Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies

First Advisor's Name

Ana Maria Bidegain

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Whitney Bauman

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Albert Kafui Wuaku

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


Religious Identities, Religion and Migration, Religion in Miami, Religion and Millennials, South American Migrants, South American Migrants in Miami, Christian Identities, World Christianity, Christian Millennials, Christian Migrants, Christians in Miami

Date of Defense



This study aims to understand the social configuration of religious identities of South American millennial migrants who self-identify as Christian in Miami-Dade County. The work entails an extensive description of the context of the study subjects, deep theoretical insight on religion and identity, and a qualitative approach. The narratives of the South American millennial migrants’ process of religious identity configuration and the relationships they establish with religious institutions emerged from in-depth interviews and focus group sessions. The analysis of such narratives grounded middle-range theory that makes sense of the study subjects and can potentially shed light on other experiences in pluralistic, migratory contexts. In the end, the study offers a significant contribution to the under-explored intersection between the processes of identity configuration, religious institutions, and migration in Miami-Dade County from the perspective of South American millennial migrants who self-identify as Christians.






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