Journal Article

Journal Article

“Building Sense Out of Households: Migrants from Chuuk (Re)create Local Settlements on Guam” was published in Fall 2011 by City & Society Volume 23(1), the journal of the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology.

This article focuses on the residents of the subdivision featured in the film, Breadfruit & Open Spaces. It aims to discover how migrants, particularly those from Chuuk, interpret cultural and social change within a process commonly known as urbanization and modernization. This research looks to the built environment, in particular, the housing, as an important element in the study of migrant communities. I also explore gendered ideologies and how migrants conceive of their spatial arrangements and household dwellings. Through a consideration of ethnographic data on households and house forms, and organization features of the origin islands of Chuuk, I argue that urban housing and space is socially produced. For the college level, this journal piece can be used alongside the film and lead to further discussions about urbanization, household, house form, and gendered space. 

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Pacific Region
Pacific Region
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Socializing in open spaces. In background, cook house, sleeping house, and items hanging from trees.

Socializing in open spaces. In background, cook house, sleeping house, and items hanging from trees.

Cook house

Low-lying walls in cook house provide ventilation for open fires and also allow easy viewing from any vantage point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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