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Constructing Choice, Compelling Culture

Ilana Gershon

in No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter turns to a common experience for migrants in general: how raising children far from where the parents grew up can focus attention on the consequences of migrating into multiculturalism. ... More


Introduction

Ilana Gershon

in No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine the notion of the cultural and the acultural as it relates to Samoan migrants in the United States and New Zealand. In ... More


Part II Introduction: Some Political and Historical Context

Ilana Gershon

in No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter provides an overview of the second half of this volume, which examines Samoan migrants' engagements with U.S. and New Zealand government bureaucracies, exploring how Samoan migrants and ... More


When Culture Is Not a System

Ilana Gershon

in No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter addresses one of the ways government officials respond to their multicultural migrant clients and colleagues—by requiring cultural brokers. It begins with a dilemma for Samoan cultural ... More


Conclusion

Ilana Gershon

in No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This concluding chapter summarizes the book's main themes. It discusses how being Samoan in New Zealand and the United States means being a culture-bearer; Samoan migrants' social mobility and their ... More


The Moral Economies of Conversion

Ilana Gershon

in No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

When converting from one form of Christianity to another, Samoans describe some relationships they had to Christianity as cultural and other relationships as acultural. Conversion can encourage ... More


Exchanging While Not-Knowing

Ilana Gershon

in No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter looks at how people are understood by other Samoans to embody cultural or acultural knowledge, especially as migrants navigate the two mutually incompatible demands of capitalism and ... More


No Family Is an Island: Cultural Expertise among Samoans in Diaspora

Ilana Gershon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450785
eISBN:
9780801464027
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

Government bureaucracies across the globe have become increasingly attuned in recent years to cultural diversity within their populations. Using culture as a category to process people and dispense ... More


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