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作者 John, Jaicy M
書名 South Asian American youth negotiate ethnic identities, discrimination, and social class
國際標準書號 9781109308839
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說明 196 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 70-08, Section: B, page: 5232
Adviser: Colette Daiute
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of New York, 2009
This dissertation explored how South Asian American youth from diverse ethnic, religious, and social class backgrounds negotiate identity conflicts. Much of social science research cites the context of privilege assigned by the "model minority" stereotype as the commonly accepted perception of South Asians in the United States. Discrimination associated with the events of 9/11, however, challenge this view in positioning South Asians as racial and religious minorities associated with terrorism and distrust. Furthermore, the contexts of higher education contribute to these clashing contexts by instituting ethnic student organizations that support particular versions of identity practices. These multiple conflicts require South Asian American youth to negotiate or manage their identity practices in specific ways. The aim of this dissertation, thus, was to explore how college-aged South Asian American youth negotiate identity conflicts within these multiple contexts
The key research questions guiding this study were (1) What particular conflicts do South Asian American youth experience in practicing their identities? and (2) How do these youth negotiate these conflicts? (3) How does a practice-based framework extend previous claims of identity as static and unchanging? In order to gather a broader understanding of South Asian American youth identity practices, eighteen 2nd generation South Asian American youth between 18-22 years of age from a public and a private university in New York City engaged in an open-ended semi-structured interview based on constructing "identity maps" and discussing an article documenting the rise of hate crimes after 9/11. Discursive analysis, specifically, positioning techniques were used to analyze how youth constructed their selves and their worlds through talk
Findings from this study demonstrate that South Asian American youth construct identity conflicts and negotiations in contradictory ways. The multiple orientations to "model minority", post 9/11 discrimination, and multiculturalism ideologies suggest that South Asian American identity is not a unitary concept but rather shifts and changes according to immediate and broader social contexts. The research design and the findings from this study contribute to emerging psychological literature that defines identity as a dynamic process rather than a static entity of individuals
School code: 0046
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 70-08B
主題 Psychology, Social
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Alt Author City University of New York. Psychology
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