M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Anthropology
This thesis argues that living in Albany Park, Chicago, is a personal and unique experience for Assyrian refugees and migrant families despite mutual feelings of belonging that residents may experience while living in the neighborhood. Along with the social and political factors that impact one’s experience of mobility and integration, “agency” plays an instrumental role in deciding whether to remain connected to one's community, potentially impacting one’s Assyrian identity and future generations. I utilize a qualitative research approach by interviewing Assyrian refugees and migrant families to shed light on the stories of the Assyrian community in Chicago. This research demonstrates the importance of Assyrian refugees and migrant families staying close to the Assyrian Church as an anchoring institution to preserve their culture and ethnic identity.
Zomaya, Saidouri, "The Suburbanization of The assyrian Refugees and Migrant Families and Its Implications on The assyrian Ethnic Identity" (2022). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7811.
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