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Exploring the Racial Identities of Black Immigrants in the United States

Citation

Benson, Janel E. (2006). Exploring the Racial Identities of Black Immigrants in the United States. Sociological Forum, 21(2), 219-247.

Abstract

This study draws upon immigrant incorporation theories to investigate whether native origin trumps skin color in shaping the racial identities of black migrants. Using survey data from the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality, six groups of black migrants are compared across two racial identity dimensions: racial group identification and racial group consciousness. The results demonstrate that while black migrants, with the exception of Puerto Ricans, develop a shared racial group identity with native-born blacks over time, the meaning they attach to being black in America varies by native origin.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11206-006-9013-7

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2006

Journal Title

Sociological Forum

Author(s)

Benson, Janel E.