Date of Award

12-2017

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Social Responsibility: M.S.

First Advisor

Beth Berila

Second Advisor

Eddah Mutua

Third Advisor

Anthony Akubue

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

This study uses a feminist qualitative methodology and conceptual framework to explore the narrative experiences of African women immigrants living in Minnesota. Specifically, the study documents the multifaceted social, economic, and cultural factors that influence the ways in which these women construct and give meaning to their diasporic experiences. Through in-depth interviews of seven African women immigrants, this study explores the challenges that these women face in the process of settling in their ‘new home’ in the state of Minnesota. Additionally, this study identifies approaches that the women use to negotiate their sense of belonging in their ‘new homes away from home’. This study is important because it not only contributes to the much-needed feminist research on African women immigrants in Minnesota, but also provides important knowledge and perspectives in responding to the needs of diverse communities. Finally, the findings of this study will be invaluable in the development of community and state policies for the betterment of the lives of immigrants living in Minnesota.

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