Building Sense Out of Households: Migrants from Chuuk (Re)create Local Settlements in Guam



This article focuses on a newly created subdivision in the Territory of Guam made up mostly of migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). It aims to discover how migrants, particularly those from Chuuk, interpret cultural and social change within a process commonly known as urbanization and modernization. This research looks to the built environment, in particular, the housing, as an important element in the study of migrant communities. I also explore gendered ideologies and how migrants conceive of their spatial arrangements and household dwellings. Through a consideration of ethnographic data on households and house forms, and organizational features of the origin islands of Chuuk, I argue that urban housing and space is socially produced.