Race is a major axis of social injustice in America. Social injustice is due to both maldistribution of material resources and opportunities and non-recognition or mis-recognition of people of color. One form of mis-recognition is the accusation that a person of color is not a real American, creating a conflict of identities (i.e., racial and American): a double-consciousness. This accusation has its origins in faulty ideas about race, identity, and race-group membership.
This paper presents a new model of identity that addresses these faulty ideas and provides a conceptual structure within which one can consistently maintain a single-consciousness while maintaining identifications with various domains of identity. Also discussed are the ramifications of such a model, implications for group action, a case study of Muslim-Americans, and the ramifications of President Obama’s election.
|Advisor:||Lott, Tommy L.|
|Commitee:||Sanchez, Carlos, Williamson, Dan|
|School:||San Jose State University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American studies, Philosophy, Ethnic studies|
|Keywords:||Double-consciousness, Ethnic minorities, Identity, People of color, Race, Social injustice|
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