ERIC Number: ED264333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Modern Samoan Mobility and Urban Adaptation.
Franco, Robert W.
The movement of American Samoans to Hawaii and the U.S. mainland is characterized both by one-way permanent migration and by temporary, circular mobility through Samoa, New Zealand, and the United States. American Samoans have developed adaptive strategies for the urban environment, transforming four traditional social structures for use in the new environment: Samoan culture, extended family, chief and title system, and visiting patterns. Despite these adaptive changes and increased roles for churches and community organizations, barriers to positive adaptation continue. Significant barriers are: educational and English language proficiency, limited appropriate pre-migration employment, and discrimination. The adaptation process can be enhanced through job training programs. They will contribute to communications skills, job skills, and job performance. Broader long-range issues of housing, health, employment, and education can best be met by statewide organizations unifying the Samoan communities and providing programmatic solutions to adaptation problems. (Author/CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: California; Hawaii; Washington