TITLE

Ghanaian and Somali Immigrants in Toronto's Rental Market: A Comparative Cultural Perspective of Housing Issues and Coping Strategies

AUTHOR(S)
MENSAH, JOSEPH; WILLIAMS, CHRISTOPHER J.
PUB. DATE
January 2013
SOURCE
Canadian Ethnic Studies;2013, Vol. 45 Issue 1/2, p115
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
Starting from the premise that "culture" has generally been overlooked in the analysis of immigrant housing in Canada, this study examines the housing experiences of Ghanaian and Somali immigrants in Toronto, by exploring the instrumentality of these immigrants' cultures in the complex dynamics of the city's rental market. The study relies on a mixed-methods approach, entailing a questionnaire survey and qualitative in-depth interviews and focus group discussions for the procurement of data. Among other things, we found that Ghanaian and Somali immigrants in Toronto face many housing challenges, some of which are purely economic, while others concern matters such as racial discrimination; a dearth of culturally sensitive housing information; and acute shortages of houses designed to accommodate their large families and some of their cultural needs -- including the need for gendered spaces, prayer rooms, and cooking traditional meals at home. The study is significant not only because it deals with a disadvantaged group (i.e., Black Africans in Canada), but also because it brings culture into the discussion of immigrant housing in Canada to modulate the economic reductionism in the prevailing literature.
ACCESSION #
90114194

 

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