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High School Alumni Associations in the Caribbean Diaspora Maintaining Transnational Links of Remittance and Caring for those Left Behind

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This paper explores the extent to which Caribbean cultural values and ideals of caring are being maintained by individuals who join Caribbean high school alumni associations located in North America and Great Britain. To study this phenomenon we examine the history and activities, of a non- random sample of 50 high school alumni associations originating from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and Guyana. We examine these organizations using a content analysis of their existing web sites on the Internet. Our focus of the examination is on the history and the transnational activities of these organizations looking for similarities and differences in their establishment and focus over the course of time. One of our principal findings are that Caribbeans in the international diaspora are not only using high school Alumni Internet web sites as a tool for communication with childhood friends and teachers but they are also using their membership to mobilize the Diaspora community and to carry out transnational caring for those left behind. Individuals in the Disapora are also becoming active members of their respective high school alumni associations as a means for relieving their feeling of cultural mourning and nostalgia for being connected to “home.” The individual who is active in his/her high school alumni chapter can often elevate their social status in the Diaspora and achieve a reprieve from feeling a sense of alienation and exclusion in foreign societies where they are often considered to be a “threat” and a “burden.”

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Name: Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting
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Karakushi, Alida. and Plaza, Dwaine. "High School Alumni Associations in the Caribbean Diaspora Maintaining Transnational Links of Remittance and Caring for those Left Behind" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707754_index.html>

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Karakushi, A. and Plaza, D. E. , 2014-03-27 "High School Alumni Associations in the Caribbean Diaspora Maintaining Transnational Links of Remittance and Caring for those Left Behind" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Online <PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p707754_index.html

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Abstract: This paper explores the extent to which Caribbean cultural values and ideals of caring are being maintained by individuals who join Caribbean high school alumni associations located in North America and Great Britain. To study this phenomenon we examine the history and activities, of a non- random sample of 50 high school alumni associations originating from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and Guyana. We examine these organizations using a content analysis of their existing web sites on the Internet. Our focus of the examination is on the history and the transnational activities of these organizations looking for similarities and differences in their establishment and focus over the course of time. One of our principal findings are that Caribbeans in the international diaspora are not only using high school Alumni Internet web sites as a tool for communication with childhood friends and teachers but they are also using their membership to mobilize the Diaspora community and to carry out transnational caring for those left behind. Individuals in the Disapora are also becoming active members of their respective high school alumni associations as a means for relieving their feeling of cultural mourning and nostalgia for being connected to “home.” The individual who is active in his/her high school alumni chapter can often elevate their social status in the Diaspora and achieve a reprieve from feeling a sense of alienation and exclusion in foreign societies where they are often considered to be a “threat” and a “burden.”


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