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

Ilana Gershon


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 services, however, can create its own problems and unintended consequences. This book investigates how and when the categories “cultural” and “acultural” become relevant for Samoans as they encounter cultural differences in churches, ritual exchanges, welfare offices, and community-based organizations. In both New Zealand and the United States, Samoan migrants are minor minorities in an ethnic const ... More

Keywords: cultural diversity, acultural, Samoans, Samoan migrants, New Zealand, United States, minority groups, migrant culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450785
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilana Gershon, author
Associate Professor of Communication and Culture, Indiana University