Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Re-ethnicization of Second-Generation Non-Muslim Asian Indians in the U.S.
by Moorthy, Radha, M.A., University of South Florida, 2017, 104; 10262612
Abstract (Summary)

When discussing Asian Indian population in the U.S. their economic success and scholastic achievement dominates the discourse. Despite their perceived economic and scholastic success and their status as a “model minority”, Asian Indians experience discrimination, exclusion, and marginalization from mainstream American society. These experiences of discrimination and perceived discrimination are causing second generation Asian Indians to give up on total assimilation and re-ethnicize. They are using different pathways of re-ethnicization to re-claim and to create an ethnic identity. This thesis provides evidence, through secondary sources, that Asian Indians in the U.S. do experience discrimination or perceived discrimination, and it is historic, cultural, and systemic. This thesis also uses secondary sources to explain several pathways of re-ethnicization utilized by second generation Asian Indians who have given up on complete assimilation. The process of re-ethnicization provides second generation Asian Indians agency, positionality, and placement in American society. Asian Indians through re-ethnicization occupy and embrace the margins that separate mainstream American society and the Asian Indians community in the U.S. It allows them to act as “go –betweens”.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reiter, Bernd
Commitee: Schmidt, Ella, Thompson, Nicholas
School: University of South Florida
Department: Government and International Affairs
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, Ethnic studies, South Asian Studies
Keywords: Discrimination, Double consciousness, Marginalization, Perceived discrimination, Re-ethnicization, Second generation asian indians
Publication Number: 10262612
ISBN: 9781369764277
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