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Betwixt and Between: How first-generation immigrant Africans in Pittsburgh use social capital and transnational phenomena to cross cultures to find belonging.

Dyer, Ervin (2012) Betwixt and Between: How first-generation immigrant Africans in Pittsburgh use social capital and transnational phenomena to cross cultures to find belonging. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

In this thesis, I examine the notion of “betwixt and between,” or rather the concept of how first-generation African immigrants constantly travel across cultures. More first-generation African immigrants are living in the Pittsburgh community than ever before. In this emerging diaspora community, we are able see their cross-cultural flows between their homeland and hostland cultures. I argue that being betwixt and between allows the first-generation immigrant to flow amid materials, habits, and languages to find belonging and attachment. The flow between cultures is transnational – it is an exchange of space and materials, images, ideas and values that moves across nation-state boundaries. The flow of betwixt and between is set in motion by the search for social capital, which allows the first-generation immigrant to simultaneously hold on to the old – the ways of the home country – while building attachment to the new – the host country. My work is qualitative and ethnographic, using in-depth interviews and observations and is drawn from a sample of six nationalities, both genders, and diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds that create the quilt of immigrant African society in Pittsburgh.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dyer, ErvinEdyer@pitt.eduEdyer@pitt.edu
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHashimoto, Akikoahash@pitt.edahash@pitt.ed
Committee MemberBlee, Kathleenblee@pitt.edublee@pitt.edu
Committee MemberBamyeh, Muhammadbamyeh@pitt.edubamyeh@pitt.edu
Date: 18 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 August 2011
Approval Date: 18 January 2012
Submission Date: 2 December 2011
Release Date: 18 January 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 98
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: immigration, social capital, transnational
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 18:56
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 21:02
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10535

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