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Familiar Strangers: Somali Immigrant Incorporation in Lewiston, Maine

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In seeking inclusion and respect as new residents of Lewiston, Maine, recent Somali immigrants benefit from contemporary understandings of the value of diversity and the ascendant multicultural mode of immigrant incorporation. For the Somalis, successful social inclusion hinges upon their status as familiar strangers, members of the community possessing a distinctiveness which imbues them with value for the community at the same time that they espouse common values and identities. Somali immigrants in Lewiston make themselves strangers when they highlight identities as refugees, Muslims, Somalis and American newcomers. They reinforce common ground with their non-Somali neighbors when they talk about their position as immigrants in a country of immigrants, people of faith in a religious nation, Africans in a land with a large African Diaspora, and parents, homeowners, and workers striving to attain the American Dream.

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Diversity, Immigration, Somali Diaspora, Maine
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Voyer, Andrea. "Familiar Strangers: Somali Immigrant Incorporation in Lewiston, Maine" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA, Jul 31, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-12-01 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p242074_index.html>

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Voyer, A. , 2008-07-31 "Familiar Strangers: Somali Immigrant Incorporation in Lewiston, Maine" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-01 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p242074_index.html

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Abstract: In seeking inclusion and respect as new residents of Lewiston, Maine, recent Somali immigrants benefit from contemporary understandings of the value of diversity and the ascendant multicultural mode of immigrant incorporation. For the Somalis, successful social inclusion hinges upon their status as familiar strangers, members of the community possessing a distinctiveness which imbues them with value for the community at the same time that they espouse common values and identities. Somali immigrants in Lewiston make themselves strangers when they highlight identities as refugees, Muslims, Somalis and American newcomers. They reinforce common ground with their non-Somali neighbors when they talk about their position as immigrants in a country of immigrants, people of faith in a religious nation, Africans in a land with a large African Diaspora, and parents, homeowners, and workers striving to attain the American Dream.


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