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Christianity and integration among African students in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America

Biney, Moses Ohene (2021) Christianity and integration among African students in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States of America. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine African students' integration process in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the role the church played in the process. A grounded theory approach was adopted. Fifteen (15) African international graduate students at Northern Arizona University were interviewed to tell their stories of their integration and the role the church played in the process.Earlier research on the integration of African students focused on the problems that prevent African students from integrating into society. This study focused on how they integrate and the role that the church played in the process. The study found that many of the African students in Flagstaff integrated into society. Individuals (both Africans already in Flagstaff and community members) were the main stakeholders in the integration of the African students. Similarly, the church provided support to African students, making available a van for the students and providing them with toiletries during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Furthermore, the church helped the students maintain and keep their faith and beliefs. The students also engaged in the church's activities by joining the worship team, sound engineering team, and screen projection team. This was a way that the African students also impacted the church.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Keywords: African college students; Christianity; Integration; Northern Arizona University; Flagstaff, Arizona
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Social and Behavioral Science > Sociology and Social Work
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 17:53
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2022 17:53
URI: https://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5726

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