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Migration, Transnationality, and Climate Change in the Republic of Kiribati

Roman, Michael (2014) Migration, Transnationality, and Climate Change in the Republic of Kiribati. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Set on a stage of international environmental politics, this study explores the intimate features of cultural identity in the context of small-scale global migration. Research situates itself between anthropological inquiry and real world application as the nation of Kiribati stands on the front lines of climate change. A multi-sited approach was utilized to create a more complete picture of migration through the development of a closed comparative study. Though diaspora populations contributed to and detracted from the maintenance of the Kiribati identity, it was found that widely dispersed populations were able to maintain a virtual global homeland abroad even as their real one was being destroyed by global climate change.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairScaglion, Richardscaglion@pitt.eduSCAGLION
Committee MemberAlter, Josephjsalter@pitt.eduJSALTER
Committee MemberTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberSchachter,
Date: 3 February 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 4 November 2013
Approval Date: 3 February 2014
Submission Date: 27 November 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 242
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate Change, Kiribati, Migration, Transnationality
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 15:24
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:16


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