Beyond Expectations: Second-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain

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Univ of California Press, Feb 21, 2017 - Social Science - 312 pages

In Beyond Expectations, Onoso Imoagene delves into the multifaceted identities of second-generation Nigerian adults in the United States and Britain. She argues that they conceive of an alternative notion of "black" identity that differs radically from African American and Black Caribbean notions of "black" in the United States and Britain. Instead of considering themselves in terms of their country of destination alone, second-generation Nigerians define themselves in complicated ways that balance racial status, a diasporic Nigerian ethnicity, a pan-African identity, and identification with fellow immigrants.  
 
Based on over 150 interviews, Beyond Expectations seeks to understand how race, ethnicity, and class shape identity and how globalization, transnationalism, and national context inform sense of self.


 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Immigration Assimilation versus Racialization and the African and Nigerian Diasporas in the United States and Britain
21
The Impact of Intraracial Distinctions and Interethnic Relations on Identity Formation
53
Education as an Ethnic Boundary
71
4 Forging a Diasporic Nigerian Ethnicity in the United States and Britain
98
Middle Class Ethnic and Black
135
6 Feeling American in America Not Feeling British in Britain
176
Conclusion
210
Notes on Method
229
Ethnic Identification Information
235
Notes
237
References
259
Index
283
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About the author (2017)

Onoso Imoagene is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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