Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology

First Advisor

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.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography/Geology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Geography University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2002, Shelby Sack.

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