The Thread of Conversation : How Do Non-Mormon Individuals and Groups in Utah Maintain Their Cultural Identity?
Brigham Young University
"Geographic mobility has played a significant role in progress of societies and the ascent of human race up the ladder of civilization, advancement, and global interaction. Relatively little attention has been given to the subject central to this study: the formation of cultural enclaves and shells by immigrants as a way of preserving their traditional culture and identity. Modern discourse on majority minority relationships, however, has given little attention to experiences and perceptions of social world that have emerged through history and expressed themselves in the lives of people in ghettos, neighborhoods and/or enclaves. Immigrant individuals and groups in order to maintain their identity, create different types of communicative apparatus with Home proper and within their replicated home. Through this apparatus they communicate a lifeworld. Through these processes of communication and interaction group formation and mutual solidarity within the replicated home is perceived. This reproduction of the replicated home is what this study defined as a cultural enclave. Once an enclave has been formed, it acts as an alternative home and a focus point of its members conversational and everyday activities. The production of the enclave within the context of an organized human group activity, leads to the regulation of these groups' conversational exchange. In such situation conversation with home proper becomes less important as it was before the creation of the enclave." [Author's abstract]