Comparing minorities' ethnic opinions; Do Asian Americans Possess ‘More’ Ethnic Options than African Americans?

Song, M. (2001) Comparing minorities' ethnic opinions; Do Asian Americans Possess ‘More’ Ethnic Options than African Americans? Ethnicities, 1 (1). pp. 57-82. ISSN 1468-7968. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

What does it mean for ethnic minority groups to possess ‘ethnic options’? Do ethnic minority groups differ in their abilities to choose and assert their ethnic identities, and can some groups be said to possess more ethnic options than others? It has been recently suggested by certain analysts that while Asian Ameri-cans can exercise some ethnic options, African Americans possess few, if any, ethnic options. This article critically assesses this view, and puts forward various reasons why such a view is problematic. In particular, it argues for the need to rethink and broaden the conceptualization of ethnicity and the need to re-examine our under-standings of the images and labels applied to various ethnic minority groups. Although the article draws primarily upon studies of Asian Americans and African Americans, it also refers to the experiences of ethnic minority groups in Britain with whom American minority groups share both commonalities and differences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: African American, Asian American, ethnic identity, ethnic minority group, ethic option, race, ethnicities minorities, opinions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:11
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2014 12:29
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/364 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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