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Bridging the theoretical gap: The diasporized hybrid in sociological theory

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Dewind and Kasinitz suggest in the concluding section of the special volume in which this article appears, that creolization might be a more useful alternative to the segmented assimilation perspective in accounting for &t;the complexities of interaction between immigrant and American cultures and behaviors&t;. The categorization of West Indian youth into such discrete categories has been challenged by the research of other scholars whose work focuses on the identities of second-generation West Indian youth. In fact, in addition to ethnic labels, Portes and Rumbaut's (2001) study of second-generation racial and ethnic identities also focuses on how salient these identities are to children of immigrants and the extent to which these identities change over time and across varied social contexts. In U.S,reactive identities tend to boomerang depending on a number of social and economic factors.

Keywords: boomerang; Bridging; Diasporized Hybrid; ethnic labels; identities; second generatin; segmented assimilation; Sociological Theory



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