West Indian in the West: Self-Representations in an Immigrant Community

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November 2001



As new immigrant communities continue to flourish in U.S. cities, their members continually face challenges of assimilatation in the organization of their ethnic identities. West Indians provide a vibrant example.In West Indian in the West, Percy Hintzen draws on extensive ethnographic work with the West Indian community in the San Francisco Bay area to illuminate the ways in which social context affects ethnic identity formation.The memories, symbols, and images with which West Indians identify in order to differentiate themselves from the culture which surrounds them are distinct depending on what part of the U.S. they live in. West Indian identity comes to take on different meanings within different locations in the United States.Hintzen examines how West Indians publicly assert their identity by making use of stereotypic understandings of West Indians which exist in the larger culture. His work illuminates how ethnic communities negotiate spaces for themselves within the broader contexts in which they live.


"An important contribution to discussions of identity construction in a globalized world and will be enjoyed and debated by students of ethnic studies." --Library Journal "I believe Hintzen's work reflects valuable insights." --International Migration Review
EAN: 9780814736005
ISBN: 0814736009
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2001
Seitenanzahl: 201 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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