Salvadorians: Their Wounded Souls _ Historical Oppression Resilience and Resistance

By Mirna E. Carranza.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The legacy of colonization and oppression experienced by Salvadorian immigrants in their country of origin continues to influence their social and economic integration into Canadian society. Moreover, the vast majority of Salvadorians immigrated to Canada only within the last two decades to escape a brutal civil war, and had to settle without the support of an established Salvadorian community. Using the Salvadorian community in one Southwestern Ontario city as a case-study, this paper examines the challenges brought on by these factors in the development of a unified ethnic community in their new home. It also reports on how Salvadorians’ sense of agency has helped them reclaim their legacy of historical oppression, allowing them, in some cases, to develop a collective voice through the process of acculturation.

Keywords: Salvadorians, Collective Trauma, Resilience, Resistance, Refugees

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.133-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 547.055KB).

Dr. Mirna E. Carranza

Lecturer, School of Social Work, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Mirna E.Carranza, B.S.W. (University of El Salvador), M.T.S. (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Ph. D. (c) (University of Guelph). Family Relations & Human Development. She was recently appointed as a full-time faculty at the School of Social Work, McMaster University. As a community organizer and developer she has initiated many projects aiming to enhance the inclusion of immigrants and refugees in their settlement communities. Her research program includes the acculturation process of immigrants & refugees as family units moving through time. She has recently completed a study that examined the acculturation process of Salvadorian mothers and their daughters. She has conducted community projects such as the settlement experiences of survivors of torture and their struggles with mental health providers. Her international research projects include: ALGES (Association of Disable people who served in the Salvadorian civil war). The focus of this study is to enhance our understanding about the impact of the civil war in family relations.


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