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Beyond ExpectationsSecond-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain$
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Onoso Imoagene

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520292314

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520292314.001.0001

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“You Are Not Like Me!”

“You Are Not Like Me!”

The Impact of Intraracial Distinctions and Interethnic Relations on Identity Formation

(p.53) Two “You Are Not Like Me!”
Beyond Expectations

Onoso Imoagene

University of California Press

Chapter 2 shows how the proximal host is a crucial actor influencing how the second generation of Nigerian ancestry identify. How the presence of the proximal host affects identity formation among the black second generation is generally overlooked in segmented assimilation theory and is a key factor emphasized in beyond racialization theory. The chapter details how relations with the proximal host in childhood, particularly feelings of rejection and exclusion based on perceived physical and cultural differences, laid the foundation for developing a distinct ethnicity in adulthood. I discuss the responses of the proximal hosts in the United States and Britain to the Nigerian second generation when they were young. What was viewed as discriminatory responses by members of the proximal host by the Nigerian second generation fostered a feeling of being black but different among the Nigerian second generation. The tense relations between proximal hosts and the African second generation required the young Nigerian second generation to start the process of defining what being black meant to them and defining a diasporic ethnic identity differentiating them from their proximal hosts.

Keywords:   Black-on-black relations, proximal hosts, Boundaries, School, Ethnicity, Beyond racialization theory

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