Cultural Insiders to Cultural Outsiders: Structure, Identity, and Communication in the Adaptation of Domestic, Involuntary Migrants

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Abstract

Extant cultural adaptation literature has tended to privilege psychological approaches to studying voluntary, international migration. This study seeks to extend such theory by examining the interplay of communication, culture, structure, and identity in the adaptation of involuntary domestic migrants. Using phenomenological interviews to explore the lived experiences of Hurricane Katrina evacuees to San Antonio, the authors found that their adaptation was affected by structural, cultural, and discursive conditions such as government actions, media portrayals, race relations, and host culture receptivity, all of which were connected to one another and to evacuees' ascribed identity as refugees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-211
Number of pages18
JournalHoward Journal of Communications
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Other keywords

  • adaptation
  • communication
  • culture
  • identity
  • refugees

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