Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Geography and Geology
Dr. Michael Peterson
Geographic mobility, defined simply as an individual’s ability to move from point A to point B, is a significant element in an individual’s process of adaptation - possibly affecting an individual’s social mobility. With more than 2,000 Sudanese refugees who have settled in Omaha, Nebraska, in the last few years, this study set out to identify the dominant cultural and situational factors that affect the mobility of this population. This thesis research incorporated both qualitative and quantitative techniques into the methodological design. Semistructured interviews were conducted to collect the data, which was then utilized to create activity space maps. Though public transportation is underutilized amongst the Sudanese population, these maps showed that Sudanese refugees are mobile. The interviews explore and expand upon the cultural and situational factors affecting the mobility of Sudanese refugees in Omaha.
Sack, Shelby Lynn, "Acculturation and geographic mobility: The Sudanese refugees in Omaha, Nebraska" (2002). Student Work. 565.
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