Transnational Networks: Iraqi Migrants Bridging Home and Host Societies
Presented by: Ahmed Alansari, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern Illinois and Research Fellow at the Center for Arab American Studies.
The thousands of Iraqi citizens (immigrants, deportees, and refugees) who have made a home for themselves in metro Detroit in recent years have had to change their social life in sometimes radical ways as they adjust to American society. At the same time, they continue to build their own cultural and social identity which differs from both American and Iraqi identity and consists of a hybrid transnational Iraqi-American identity. This talk will explore the social identities that have emerged within the Iraqi-American community in Dearborn and Detroit. The study provides an illustration of the transnational networks, activities, patterns of living, and ideologies that recent migrants have created to span their homeland and host societies.