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Toward a single-consciousness: Challenging “un-American-ness” of people of color
by Kamil, Bhawana, M.A., San Jose State University, 2010, 157; 1477357
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lott, Tommy L.
Commitee: Sanchez, Carlos, Williamson, Dan
School: San Jose State University
Department: Philosophy
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
Publication Number: 1477357
ISBN: 978-1-124-04482-8
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