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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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Forging a Diasporic Nigerian Ethnicity in the United States and Britain

Forging a Diasporic Nigerian Ethnicity in the United States and Britain

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(p.98) Four Forging a Diasporic Nigerian Ethnicity in the United States and Britain
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Beyond Expectations
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Onoso Imoagene

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292314.003.0005

Chapter 4 examines why the Nigerian second generation in both the United States and Britain did not forge a reactive black ethnicity as predicted by segmented assimilation theory. It describes how blackness can be constructed to be ethnically diverse. The chapter details how the Nigerian second generation are forging a diasporic Nigerian ethnicity in the United States and Britain via two simultaneous processes required in identity formation: signaling difference from members of other groups and establishing similarity to determine the boundaries of group membership. I thoroughly discuss the cultural, moral and socioeconomic boundaries established by the Nigerian second generation to delineate ethnic parameters between themselves and their proximal host. I also explain why the second generation in Britain does not draw as sharp of a boundary between themselves and their proximal hosts compared to their U.S. counterparts.

Keywords:   Diasporic Nigerian Ethnicity, Transnationalism, Cultural Embedding, Boundaries

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