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Open access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MSEd)


Educational and Psychological Studies (Education)

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First Committee Member

Dina Birman

Second Committee Member

Ashmeet Oberoi

Third Committee Member

Jorge Duany


Transnational migrants’ identities are configured in relationship to more than one nation and are continuously pulled in different directions as old and new members of multiple communities wrapped in a single experience (Aranda, Hughes, & Sabogal, 2014). Particularly for Puerto Ricans in the United States (U.S.), symbolic and cultural bonds are linked to their communities on the Island which require us to expand traditional notions of sense of community as a process and as an enactment of connections between people and transnational social spaces. Therefore, this study explores the ways Puerto Ricans living in Miami, Florida define the concept of community and construct their sense of community towards their local, national, and transnational communities. In-depth interviews with fourteen Puerto Ricans living in different localities of Miami-Dade were conducted and recorded. Thematic analysis was used to map the transnational connections of the participants. Findings suggest that emotional connections developed through shared events, symbols, and stories sustain the sense of belonging to their transnational communities both on the Island and in the U.S. Un solo pie adentro provides a comprehension of the Puerto Rican diaspora’s sense of community and how its members managed to stay connected, invest resources and time, and find reciprocity in the communities which they belong to in the aftermath of two historical hurricanes.


Community Psychology; transnationalism; migration; identity; Hurricane Maria; civic participation