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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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“It’s Un-Nigerian Not to Go to College”

“It’s Un-Nigerian Not to Go to College”

Education as an Ethnic Boundary

(p.71) Three “It’s Un-Nigerian Not to Go to College”
Beyond Expectations

Onoso Imoagene

University of California Press

Chapter 3 examines how ethnicity serves as a form of capital for the Nigerian second generation in both countries. The discussion of ethnicity as capital being a source of progress for the second generation has heretofore been largely limited to a discussion of certain Asian groups in both countries. In this chapter, I extend the discussion of ethnicity as capital to a group of the black second generation. The chapter examines how ethnicity became a resource for the second generation of Nigerian ancestry facilitating their good educational and occupational outcomes, outcomes that were ethnicized and used as an ethnic boundary between themselves and their proximal hosts. A larger discussion of how the Nigerian second generation balance their race and ethnicity in the United States and Britain begins in this chapter.

Keywords:   Ethnicity-as-capital, Model minority, Boundaries, Education, School, Ethnicity

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