• When Culture Is Not A System: Why Samoan Cultural Brokers Can Not Do Their Job

    Author(s):
    Ilana Gershon (see profile)
    Date:
    2006
    Group(s):
    Anthropology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    migrants, welfare, cultural mediators, political representation
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/hpxh-tg49
    Abstract:
    In independent and American Samoa, Samoan representatives have historically been successful at furthering their communities' interests when dealing with various colonial regimes. Yet during my fieldwork in California, I kept witnessing failed encounters between Samoan migrants and government officials. I argue that government officials helped create these problems through the ways they expected Samoan migrants to act as culture-bearers. I conclude by exploring how cultural mediators become the focal point for tensions generated by the contradictory assumptions government system-carriers and Samoan culture-bearers hold about how to relate to social orders.
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