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Title: Seattle Fa'a Samoa 
Author: McGrath, Barbara Burns
Date: 2002
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: McGrath, B. B. 2002. Seattle Fa'a Samoa. The Contemporary Pacific 14 (2): 307-40.
Abstract: The paper reviews the concept of community as it has been used by social
scientists to describe groups of people, and explores how it might be
developed to understand the experience of diasporic communities.
Although community avoids some of the essentializing tendencies that are
inherent in the concept of culture, the classic use of community fails to
acknowledge the reality of travel, and the transcultural, transnational
movement of people and ideas. Four Samoan individuals who live in Seattle
are portrayed using the method of “ethnography of the particular” to
illustrate the cross-cutting influences of their lives and the fluid nature of
the boundaries that surround their multiple communities. Shared values
of the importance of family ties and church connections help to define
what it means to be Samoan in Seattle.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: Samoa, diaspora, fa'a Samoa, culture, identity
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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