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Ethnic and Racial Self-Definitions of Second-Generation Canadians: An Analysis of Discourse

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Title: Ethnic and Racial Self-Definitions of Second-Generation Canadians: An Analysis of Discourse
Author: Litchmore, Rashelle
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Safdar, Saba
Abstract: The present study was designed to investigate the social construction of racial and ethnic identities and categories among second-generation Canadian youth who identify as, or can be physically identified as Black. A culturally diverse sample of 34 participants aged 13 – 19 years was recruited from communities in the General Toronto Area to participate in six discussion groups. Discourse analysis was utilized to demonstrate the fluidity and negotiability of racial and ethnic identity, and the role of the immediate and wider social contexts in the constructions of these identities and the content of their associated social categories. Results are discussed with regards to the implications of the reliance on mainstream social-cognitive approaches that do not adequately address the social construction of these phenomena.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/4144
Date: 2012-10


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