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dc.contributor.authorBirdseye, Heather
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:25:59Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:25:59Z
dc.date.issued2006-12
dc.identifier.otherbirdseye_heather_a_200612_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/birdseye_heather_a_200612_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23591
dc.description.abstractFor immigrants in the United States, there are numerous factors, including education, language, and ethnicity, influencing how they adapt. In this thesis, I examine the roles religious participation serves for African immigrants as they adapt. Three roles were considered: the provision of basic needs assistance, development of social networks and capital, and spiritual and emotional benefits. To determine these functions, African immigrants in Georgia were interviewed and surveyed. Primarily, religion served as a source of spiritual and emotional benefits. There were some, although limited, social benefits from religious involvement. However, religious institutions were not a source of basic needs assistance. The functions religion serves may be a function of the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, such as language and education, of the immigrants. These roles may be filled through employment and family contacts. There are areas where assistance could be provided, such as immigration status and cultural familiarity.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectImmigration
dc.subjectAfrica
dc.subjectAfrican
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.subjectreligion
dc.subjectreligious
dc.subjectadaptation
dc.subjectassistance
dc.titleThe role of religion in the adaptation of immigrants in the United States
dc.title.alternativethe case of African immigrants in Georgia
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentGeography
dc.description.majorGeography
dc.description.advisorKavita K. Pandit
dc.description.committeeKavita K. Pandit
dc.description.committeeLarry G. Nackerud
dc.description.committeeHilda E. Kurtz


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