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Black MosaicThe Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity$
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Candis Watts Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479823543

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479823543.001.0001

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Diasporic Consciousness

Diasporic Consciousness

Theorizing Black Pan-Ethnic Identity and Intraracial Politics

(p.45) 2 Diasporic Consciousness
Black Mosaic

Candis Watts Smith

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the concept of diasporic consciousness—a theoretical framework asserting that despite the homogenizing effect of racialized social system, Black immigrants are likely to differ in ideas about race, political issues, and the role of government. Given that Black people in the United States do not compose a monolithic racial group but instead make up a diverse pan-ethnic group, unity as well as differences and discord may occur among them similar to African Americans' and Black immigrants' political attitudes and behaviors. These distinctions have led foreign- and native-born Blacks to have varying perceptions about how to improve the status of the group.

Keywords:   Black immigrants, diasporic consciousness, race, monolithic racial group, racialized social system, pan-ethnic group

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