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Somali Bantus in Pittsburgh: An Experience of Resettlement

Taylor, Leah Margaret (2007) Somali Bantus in Pittsburgh: An Experience of Resettlement. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Refugees resettled in the U. S. have received little attention from the academic community. This research study seeks to address this gap by looking at an especially vulnerable refugee group, the Somali Bantus, recently resettled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the public health significance of their long-term integration in the wider American culture. Oppressed for centuries, treated as third-class citizens, forced to flee their homes and condemned to live in refugee camps for ten to twelve years because of international events, Somali Bantus qualify as a uniquely disadvantaged refugee population. For this study, interviews were conducted with Somali Bantus and service providers in Pittsburgh to assess their experiences of resettlement. Somali Bantus have a history of being oppressed and discriminated against. Using the qualitative grounded theory approach the exploratory research here shows, the history of discrimination the Somali Bantus have experienced has long-term impacts on individual Somali Bantu's sense of personal agency. Additionally, the enormous need of the Somali Bantu community created conditions in which service providers competed with one another, rather than collaborating. This lack of cooperation among providers and the system of resettlement in the U. S. that encourages refugees to work as soon as possible, regardless of language ability, further hindered the ability of the Somali Bantus to exercise personal agency after arriving in the U. S.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Taylor, Leah, lmt22@pitt.eduLMT22
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDocumet,
Committee MemberMcAllister, Carolallister@pitt.eduALLISTER
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberGarrity,
Date: 27 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 5 April 2007
Approval Date: 27 June 2007
Submission Date: 13 April 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: collaboration; grounded theory; personal agency; refugee resettlement; service provision; Somali Bantus
Other ID:, etd-04132007-105441
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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