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ERIC Number: EJ906597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
What It Means to become a United States American: Afro-Caribbean Immigrants' Constructions of American Citizenship and Experience of Cultural Transition
Wilson, Elvinet S.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v3 n3 p196-204 2009
With a goal to better understand what it means to become a United States citizen, the present qualitative study uncovered the narratives of 11 Afro-Caribbean immigrants living in Phoenix, Arizona, and included the investigator as a research participant. Grounded theory analysis of the combined auto-ethnographic and interview data yielded narratives that support 3 conclusions: (1) Afro-Caribbean immigrants in the study stated that becoming a United States citizen is an act of transgression; (2) Afro-Caribbean immigrants constructed security within a philosophy of mobility in an effort to recapture their agency and humanity in racialized contexts; and (3) the Afro-Caribbean participant used code-switching as a central strategy in the presentation of self in everyday life in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona